Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and squad member Nurul Hasan have been fined 25 percent of their match fees and also handed one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in the fracas that marred their win over Sri Lanka on Friday (March 16).
“The square leg umpire had signalled it a no-ball and then upon discussions, changed the call, which I don’t think is the right decision,” Shakib said at the end of the match. “I don’t know if the first bouncer was called as one for the over but when the second bouncer was bowled, the umpire did call it a no ball,” Shakib had said following the narrow two-wicket win.
As per an ICC release, both players pleaded guilty and accepted the sanctions put in place by match referee Chris Broad after charges were levelled against the pair by on-field umpires Raveendra Wimalasiri and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Ranmore Martinesz and fourth umpire Lyndon Hannibal.
“Friday’s incidents were disappointing as you don’t want to see such player behavior during any level of cricket. I understand that it was a tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with place in the final on the line, but the actions of the two players were unacceptable and cannot be condoned as they clearly went overboard. Had the fourth umpire not stopped Shakib and the fielders remonstrating, and then the on-field umpires not intervened between Nurul and Thisara, things could have become worse,” Broad said.
“Shakib was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, while Nurul was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.2, which deals with “conduct that brings the game into disrepute”.”