5 players from the U19 final of which three Bangladesh players and two Indian players have been seen wrong of breaching the ICC Code Of Conduct following violent pictures post the Under 19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom. Bangladesh’s famous win in the final saw both teams getting into altercations during the celebrations for which the skipper Akbar Ali even apologized.
Hridoy, Shamim and Rakibul Hasan are the three Bangladesh players discovered guilty of breaching Article 2.21. The Indian pair of Akash and Bishnoi were holding an added charge for breaching Article 2.5. The charges were leveled by on-field umpires Sam Nogajski, Adrian Holdstock, third umpire Ravindra Wimalasiri and the fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele. The penalties introduced by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Graeme Labrooy have been admitted by all five members.
Towhid Hridoy received a sanction of ten suspension points which equates to six demerit points. Hossain and Akash received a sanction of eight suspension points that equates to six demerit points whereas Hasan received four suspension points that equate to five demerit points.
Bishnoi, who came up with a stellar effort with the ball in the final, received five demerit points for breaching Article 2.21 and two more for breaching Article 2.5. During Bangladesh’s run chase he was found to have used language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter. The conflict happened in the 23rd over following Avishek’s removal and it gained him two more demerit points, making it seven in total.
The demerit points will be on the players’ record for two years. A suspension point will make a member unavailable for an international assignment. As a result, whenever these players take part in their next international assignment either at the senior level or the Under 19 level, the suspension points will be applied.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said that The match was hard-fought, as they would assume in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Final, but the delight and frustration encountered by some athletes after the game dropped over into unedifying pictures that have no room in our sport.