Asif Ali, a batsman for Pakistan, and Fareed Ahmad, a fast bowler for Afghanistan, both received 25% of their match costs as fines for breaking Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct on Wednesday during an Asia Cup 2022 match in Sharjah (September 7).
When it comes to “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive, or insulting during an International Match,” Asif was found to have violated Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel regarding “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.
On the other hand, Fareed was found to have violated Article 2.1.12, which deals with “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”
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Both received a demerit point
The players’ disciplinary records have also been updated with one demerit point each, despite the fact that neither of them had a prior offense within the previous 24 months. The incident happened in the 19th over of Pakistan’s innings when, after dismissing Asif, Fareed moved up and made inappropriate physical contact with the batter. Asif replied by making an aggressive bat motion.
There was no need for a formal hearing because both players took responsibility for their actions and the penalties Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees recommended. The claims were made by the on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Jayaraman Madangopal, third umpire Gazi Sohel, and fourth umpire Raveendra Wimalasari.
Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced that he would write to the ICC to express his displeasure over the brawl that broke out between Pakistan and Afghanistan fans in Sharjah following Wednesday’s explosive match. He continued by saying that the incident was quite serious and that if it had not been handled right away, even the players might have suffered injuries.
Hooliganism is not associated with cricket. Such an environment is not what you want in the cricket stadium. Due to the poor images, PCB will write a letter to ICC and bring up the problem. They were awful. This is not the first time it has happened. A good contest was held. It’s important for players to control their emotions. Therefore, we will express our concerns and bring this problem to the ICC’s attention, Raja stated during a press conference on Thursday.