The flamboyant Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali along with Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan and Rashid Khan have all been fined 15 percent of their match fees and they have also received one demerit point each for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in separate incidents during their Super-Four match of the ongoing Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
ICC press-release read: “Hasan and Asghar were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, while Rashid was found to have violated Article 2.1.7, which deals with “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.””
While it was the first demerit point for Hasan and Rashid, it is the second occasion that Asghar has been handed a demerit point within a 24-month period. In February 2017, Asghar was reprimanded and received one demerit point for showing disagreement against an umpire’s decision in an ODI against Zimbabwe. As such, he now has two demerit points.
The incident involving Hasan happened in the 33rd over of Afghanistan’s innings when he threatened to throw the ball towards Hashmatullah Shahidi after fielding off his own bowling. As regards the incident involving Asghar, the Afghanistan captain brushed his shoulder with the bowler Hasan in the 37th over as he passed him while taking a run.
Rashid was charged and fined for giving a sendoff to Asif Ali in the 47th over of Pakistan’s innings by holding up a finger and staring at the batsman, an action that could have provoked an aggressive reaction from the departing batsman.
After the match, all the three players pleaded guilty to the offenses and accepted the sanctions proposed by the Match Referee Andy Pycroft and, hence, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charges were leveled by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Shaun George, third umpire Rod Tucker, and fourth umpire Anis-ur-Rahman.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.