Asif Ali, a batsman for Pakistan, and Fareed Ahmad, a fast bowler for Afghanistan, both received 25% of their match fees 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 & Player Support Personnel, while Fareed was found to have violated Article 2.1.12, which deals with “inappropriate physical interaction with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, or any other person (including a spectator) when in an International Match.”
There was no need for a formal hearing because Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad both recognised their wrongdoing and accepted the penalties Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Board of Match Refs suggested.
The players’ disciplinary records have also been updated with one demerit point apiece, even though neither of them had a prior offence 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 excessive 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 Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Refs recommended. The accusations were made by the on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary & 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 International Cricket Council (ICC) to express his displeasure over the brawl that broke out between Pakistan & Afghanistan fans in Sharjah following Wednesday’s explosive match.
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“You don’t associate cricket hooliganism. You don’t want such an ambience inside the cricket ground. Due to the poor images, PCB will send a letter to ICC and bring up the problem. They were awful. It’s happened before, therefore it won’t happen again.
A good contest was held. Players need to control their emotions. Because of this, we will raise our concerns and bring this problem to the ICC’s attention, Raja said during a media briefing on Thursday.
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. ‘Anything might have happened, our crew could have been in danger,’ he said.
If we pull together as a group, we can accomplish anything,” they declared.