Asif Ali, Fareed Ahmad fined 25% match fees for breaching ICC Code of Conduct
Pakistan’s aggressive batsman Asif Ali and Afghanistan’s pacer Fareed Ahmad have been fined 25% of their match fees for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the Asia Cup clash between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday.
The ICC said that when fast bowler Fareed Ahmed dismissed Asif Ali and spoke inappropriately to the batsman, Asif Ali also got angry and reacted aggressively with the bat.
The statement said Asif Ali violated Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct towards players and staff, which deals with making obscene, offensive or insulting gestures during an international match.
Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1.12, which relates to ‘inappropriate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match’,” the statement read.
The ICC said both players admitted their offence and accepted the sanctions recommended by match referee Andy Pycroft.
Along with this, one demerit point has been added to the players’ disciplinary records, however, both players have not committed any such offense in the 24-month period.
The Afghanistan team suffered an unbelievable one-wicket defeat at the hands of Pakistan on Wednesday and with this defeat, the Afghan team was out of the T20 Asia Cup tournament with India.
The two cricketers were involved in an intense exchange which began after Ahmad teased Ali after dismissing him.
In a video that went viral minutes after the instance, Ahmed is seen getting aggressive toward Ali first, after which he angrily raises his bat in the air as if trying to hit the Afghan pacer with it. This was the moment when the two had body contact.
After the dismissal of Asif Ali, Pakistan’s young pacer Naseem Shah hit two consecutive sixes in the first two balls of the last over to secure the team’s place in the final of the tournament.
The Asia Cup final will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai on Sunday.