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Five players charged by ICC after Under-19 World Cup final brawl


Five players have been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after unsavoury scenes following the Under-19 World Cup final in South Africa on Sunday (February 9).Five players charged for Under-19 final brawl

Bangladesh claimed their first ever global trophy with a three-wicket victory on DLS method in Potchefstroom, but an ugly brawl broke out after Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs and his team mates ran on to the field to celebrate.

Three players from the Bangladesh side — Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan, and two Indians Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, were all charged with breaches of the ICC code of conduct and handed international suspensions of between four and 10 matches.

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The other four players were charged with violating Article 2.21 of the code, whilst Bishnoi received a further charge of breaching Article 2.5.

All five players have accepted the sanctions proposed by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Graeme Labrooy.

Towhid Hridoy accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 and 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 accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 and 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 accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 and has received a sanction of four suspension points, which equates to five demerit points, which will remain on his record for two years.

Akash Singh accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 and 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 accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 has received a sanction of five suspension points, which equates to five demerit points.

Apart from this, Bishnoi, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker with 17, also accepted a level 1 charge of breaching Article 2.5 for a separate incident during the match. In the 23rd over of the match following the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Avishek Das, he used language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter,

For this fault, Bishnoi received a further two demerit points meaning seven demerit points will remain on his record for the next two years.

All charges were levelled by on-field umpires Sam Nogajski and Adrian Holdstock, third umpire Ravindra Wimalasiri as well as the fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele.

“The match was hard fought … but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport,” said the ICC’s Geoff Allardice.

“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,” he also added.

According to ICC laws, the suspension points will be applied to the upcoming international matches these players are most likely to take part in at either senior or Under-19 level.

One suspension point equals a player being ineligible for one ODI or T20I, U19 or A team international match.

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