Hasan, Asghar and Rashid fined for misconduct in Asia Cup match

Dubai: Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali and Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan have been fined 15 per cent of their match fees for breaching International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during their Super Four Asia Cup clash at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Hasan and Asghar were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

Rashid, on the other hand, was found to have violated Article 2.1.7, which deals with “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.”

The trio has also received one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of ICC Code of Conduct in separate incidents during the match.

The incident involving Hasan took place in the 33rd over of Afghanistan’s innings when he threatened to throw the ball towards striker Hashmatullah Shahidi after fielding off his own bowling.

As regards the incident involving Asghar, the Afghanistan captain brushed his shoulder with the bowler Hasan in the 37th over as he passed him while taking a run.

Meanwhile, Rashid was charged and fined for giving send-off to Asif Ali in the 47th over of Pakistan’s innings by holding up a finger and staring at the batsman, an action that could have provoked an aggressive reaction from the departing batsman.

After the match, all the three players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Shaun George, third umpire Rod Tucker, and fourth umpire Anis-ur-Rahman.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.