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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and reserve player Nurul Hasan were both fined 25 percent of their match fee and handed one demerit point for separate incidents during their side’s Nidahas Trophy clash with Sri Lanka on Friday.
Towards the end of the game, Bangladesh needed 12 runs to win off the final over. However, after the first two balls, Shakib seemed to be irate as he felt they should have been called as no-balls.
He subsequently called on Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain, who were at the crease, to return back to the pavilion. Had Bangladesh gone through with this, they would have been disqualified.
Instead, Mahmudullah scored 12 runs off the next three balls to help Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka and book their spot in the final of the tournament, where they will play India on Sunday.
Shakib was charged for breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
Nurul, meanwhile, was witnessed arguing with Sri Lanka stand-in captain Thisara Perera while passing on a message to Mahmudullah and Rubel.
As a result, he was charged with violating Article 2.1.2 of the ICC’s Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that brings the game into disrepute”.
Speaking about the two incidents, match referee Chris Broad was quoted by the ICC’s website as saying: “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.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) added: “The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) regrets the unfortunate happenings during Friday’s Nidahas Trophy match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
“The Board accepts that conduct of the Bangladesh Team in certain instances was unacceptable on a cricket field. We understand that the events may have transpired due to the importance of the match and the pressure that comes with it but feel that the expected level of professionalism was not exhibited by the team while dealing with a tense situation in the game.
“The Bangladesh Team members have been reminded of their responsibility in upholding the spirit of cricket at all times.”