The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken note of the ruckus created after the finals of the U19 World Cup final and as a result, the apex body has reprimanded five players for breaching Level 3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Support Personnel.
Three Bangladeshi players; Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan and two Indian players; Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi have been charged with violating Article 2.21 of the code.
Indian spinner Bishnoi has received a further charge of breaching Article 2.5.
As Bangladesh won their maiden U-19 title, Bangladesh and India players were seen getting into a scuffle and match officials had to intervene to separate the players from each other. After the match, India skipper Priyam Garg had termed the actions of Bangladesh as 'dirty' while Bangladesh skipper apologised for the actions of his side.
"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 in an official statement.
"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.
All five players have accepted the sanctions proposed by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Graeme Labrooy.
Bangladesh's Md Towhid Hridoy has 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.
Bangladesh's 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.
Bangladesh's 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.
India's 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.
India's Ravi Bishnoi accepted the charge of breaching Article 2.21 has received a sanction of five suspension points, which equates to five demerit points.
Bishnoi also accepted a level 1 charge of breaching Article 2.5 for a separate incident during the match, where he used language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter following the dismissal of Avishek Das in the 23rd over.
For this he 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 fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele.
Level 3 breaches carry a minimum penalty of 4 suspension points and a maximum penalty of 12 suspension points.
The suspension points will be applied to the forthcoming international matches the players are most likely to participate in at either senior or U19 level.
One suspension point equals a player being ineligible for one ODI or T20I, U19 or A-team international match.
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