NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged 2 Indian and 3 Bangladeshi players after an ugly fight between Indian and Bangladeshi players followed Bangladesh’s post-match win at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Sunday.
Three Bangladeshi players; Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan and two Indian players; Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were charged with violating Article 2.21 of the code, whilst Bishnoi received a further charge of breaching Article 2.5. All five players have accepted the sanctions proposed by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Graeme Labrooy, according to a statement from ICC.
The players were charged with demerit points based on their violations. The points will remain on their records for two years.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said in a statement, “The match was hard fought, as you would expect in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Final, but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport. Respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket, and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team.
“It is disappointing that Code of Conduct charges needed to be laid after such a closely contested match, but it is important to reinforce the standard of behavior that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket.”
According to reports, an Indian player reacted after Bangladeshi players used some foul language against them.
The altercation turned into an ugly fight, and the umpires and support staff had to intervene to resolve the situation.
“We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game – you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay,” India U19 captain Priyam Garg said, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
India’s team was bowled out for 177. This is Bangladesh’s maiden World Cup win.