Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and team member Nurul Hasan have been fined by ICC for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct on Saturday.
Both of them have been fined 25 per cent of their match fees and also one demerit point each for violating the ICC Code of Conduct. The duo was involved in the scuffle that felt like a black mark on their superb win against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday.
The nail-biting tie in which Bangladesh won by 2 wickets in the last over, thanks to the heroics of Mahudullahm took an ugly turn during the final over of the match when umpire changed his decision after first ruling it as a no-ball for being the second bouncer of the over.
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"The square leg umpire had signalled it a no-ball and then upon discussions, changed the call, which I don't think is the right decision," Shakib said after the match ended. "I don't know if the first bouncer was called as one for the over but when the second bouncer was bowled, the umpire did call it a no ball," Shakib added.
The incident made substitute Nurul Hasan come out from the dugout and make his way to the middle to have a conversation with opposition captain Thisara Perera. His fine was because of his aggressive act of warning Perera and pointing towards him.
Both the players have pleaded guilty in front of match referee Chris Broad, after charges were put on by umpires Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Raveendra Wimalasiri and third and fourth umpire Ranmore Martinesz and Lyndon Hannibal, as per ICC release
Chris Broad said, "Friday's incidents were disappointing as you don't want to see such player behaviour at any level of cricket. I understand that it was a tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with a 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."
After the on-field scuffle, more trouble followed off-field, when the glass door of the visitors’ dressing room was found shattered. However, according to reports, the CCTV footage doesn’t provide enough evidence about who was behind the incident.
Bangladesh is set to face India in the finals of ongoing Nidahas Trophy 2018, which will be played on 18 March.