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Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, captain Asghar Afghan and Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali have all been fined 15 percent of their match fees for separate incidents that occurred during their Asia Cup Super Four match.
The trio also had one demerit point added to their respective records.
Rashid’s incident stemmed from giving Pakistan batsman Asif Ali a send-off in the 47th over, whereby he held his index finger up and looked straight at Asif.
As a result, Rashid was found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.7 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match.”
Asghar, meanwhile, brushed shoulders with Hasan when completing a single in the 37th over of Afghanistan’s innings.
Due to this, he violated Article 2.1.1, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
Hasan breached Article 2.1.1 as well as he threatened to throw the ball towards Afghanistan batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi when he drove the ball back to Hasan in the 33rd over of Afghanistan’s innings.
Since Rashid, Asghar and Hasan accepted their charges and the sanctions proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft, there will be no need for a formal hearing.
Pakistan won the match by three wickets in nail-biting fashion as all-rounder Shoaib Malik scored 10 runs in the final over to help his side chase down 258 with three balls to spare.