Five players which included three players from Bangladesh and two from India- Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi have been found guilty by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the nasty incident post the Under-19 World Cup final. After Bangladesh registered a comfortable win in the final after beating India by three wickets (via DLS) at the Senwes Park, some of the players from both teams were seen engaging in a nasty altercation.
Moreover, some of them were even seen pushing and shoving on the field as well which leaving a Bangladeshi flag damaged in the process. India were bundled out for 177 whereas Bangladesh chased down a revised target of 170 comfortably. Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan – these three Bangladesh players have been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct, according to a media release from ICC.
Along with them, India’s Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi have also been found guilty and given five demerit points for the incidents as well. However, Bishnoi, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, was given a further two demerit points for using “language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter” after removing Avishek Das.
“We were easy. We think its part and parcel of the game — you win some and you lose some,” India captain Priyam Garg had said at the post-match press conference.
“But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay.”
On the other hand, Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali had apologised for his team’s behaviour.
“What happened, it should not (have) happened,” Akbar said.
“I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through. As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game.”
“Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team,” he further added.
However, the suspension points will be applied in the upcoming international matches – be it any senior or Under-19 level.