The International Cricket Council has charged five players including two from India with violating Article 2.21 of the Code of Conduct for the fracas that followed Bangladesh’s win over India in the U19 World Cup final.
Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi from India and Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan have accepted the sanctions proposed by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Gaeme Labrooy, ICC said in a release.
Bishnoi was also charge with another Level 1 offence for a separate incident during the match, where he used language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter following the dismissal of Avishek Das in the 23rd over.
All charges were levelled by on-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Adrian Holdstock, third umpire Ravindra Wimalasiri as well as fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele.
The Charges and sanctions levied on the players are as follows
Akash Singh has received a sanction of eight suspension points, which equates to six demerit points, which will remain on his record for two years.
Ravi Bishnoi has received a sanction of five suspension points, which equates to five demerit points. For the other offence, he received a further two demerit points meaning seven demerit points will remain on his record for the next two years.
Md Towhid Hridoy has received a sanction of ten suspension points, which equates to six demerit points, which will remain on his record for two years.
Shamim Hossain has received a sanction of eight suspension points, which equates to six demerit points, which will remain on his record for two years.
Rakibul Hasan has received a sanction of four suspension points, which equates to five demerit points, which will remain on his record for two years.
Level 3 breaches carry a minimum penalty of 4 suspension points and a maximum penalty of 12 suspension points.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said: “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.”
The suspension points will be applied to the forthcoming international matches the players are most likely to participate in at either senior or U19 level. One suspension point equals a player being ineligible for one ODI or T20I, U19 or A team international match, the ICC release said.