AGENCIES, New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken swift action against five players who were involved in the heated Under 19 World Cup final between India and Bangladesh at Potchefstroom in South Africa on Sunday. The players were involved in an ugly altercation after Bangladesh beat India in a closely contested final by 3 wickets (DLS method) to claim their first ever ICC trophy.
ICC has charged Bangladesh’s Mohammad Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan, India’s Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi with violating Article 2.21 of the code. In addition, Bishnoi received extra charge of breaching Article 2.5.
“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,” Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager cricket said.
“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 behaviour that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket,” the statement added.
After Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs, the entire Bangladesh team including their support staff jumped onto the field. Reportedly, something was said to the Indian players by the Bangladesh cricketers which did not go down well and this led into a fight between the rival teams.
The winning Bangladesh team’s captain Akbar Ali also said that the incident should not have had happened and later apologised for it.