Five cricketers who competed in the U19 World Cup final last week have been charged for breaching the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct.
Three Bangladesh players and two from India were found guilty of a level-three breach, due to confrontations shortly after the match ended.
Bangladesh’s Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan were given six demerit points and India’s Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi five.
Bishnoi received an additional two demerit points for using ‘language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter’ after dismissing Bangladesh’s Avishek Das.
‘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,’ said ICC general manager cricket 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.
‘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.’
Bangladesh won the rain-affected final in Potchefstroom, South Africa, by four wickets.