ICC to take U-19 final controversy seriously
In terms of on-field tension and intensity, the rivalry between Bangladesh and India has nowadays even toppled the India-Pakistan rivalry, specially after some really close finishes in last few years.
And this intensity is not confined between the senior teams only, but it is evident between the age-level teams as well. And it reached its limit during the ICC Under-19 World Cup final Sunday (February 9).
The Young Tigers may have won the match by 3 wickets (DLS method) to bring a long held dream come true, but the showdown between the neighbouring nations came to a conclusion on a controversial note.
On course of the game, the players of the two teams were seen engaging in an exchange of words and even some pushing and shoving on the field, leaving a Bangladeshi flag damaged in the process.
Though the finer details of the incident are yet to come, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to take the issue “seriously” ahead of a fuller update from the match referee, Graeme Labrooy, on Monday.
It has been learnt that the Indian team manager Amit Patel was intending to speak to the match officials, but added that the match referee himself said the ICC was taking stock of the incident.
“The referee came to me. He was sorry about the incident. He clarified the ICC is going to take very seriously what has happened during the match and the last session and they are going to witness the footage and they will tell us in the morning [on the next step],” he said.