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Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad penalized for ICC code violations
During Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Asia Cup on Wednesday, aggressive batsman Asif Ali of Pakistan and bowler Fareed Ahmad of Afghanistan were both issued Level 1 sanctions for breaking the ICC Code of Conduct. According to an ICC statement, the two were penalized 25% of their match fees for an incident after the fifth delivery of the nineteenth over.
The players apologized and agreed to the penalties imposed by match official Andy Pycroft. The fight between the two players happened at a crucial point in the game when the outcome was still in doubt. Ali was on a rampage, scoring 16 runs off 8 deliveries and threatening to steal the match from Afghanistan. Karim Janat made a wonderful catch at short fine leg off Ahmad’s slower bouncer, which had surprised Ali. Ahmad celebrated a wicket when Ali exited the field and returned to the pavilion.
Pakistan eventually won the match, with Naseem Shah’s bat playing an unexpectedly important role. Plus, Pakistan won the game with four deliveries remaining. Needing 11 off the last over with only one wicket in hand. When Naseem hit two massive sixes off the first two deliveries against Fazhalhaq Farooqi. Pakistan and Sri Lanka proceeded to the final of the Asia Cup, while India and Afghanistan were ousted in the Super Four stage.
“Asif breached Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. It relates to ‘using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match. While Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1.12. It relates to ‘inappropriate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other person (including a spectator.) during an International Match,'” the statement read.