Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed have been fined 25 percent of their match fees as a penalty for breaching International Cricket Council’s (ICC) level 1 code of conduct during the Pakistan versus Afghanistan match of Asia Cup 2022.
Pakistani batsman Asif Ali and Afghan fast bowler had exchanged harsh words and gestures during an important match of Super-4 stage of the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) Asia Cup 2022.
Both the players have admitted their offence, accepting the sanctions proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.
According to the issued statement, “Asif breached Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which 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, which 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 incident had happened in the 19th over of the T20 match. Asif had hit a six to Afghan pacer on the previous ball and was playing at 16 runs off 8 balls; but he could not manage to score on the next ball and got out. Pakistan still needed another 11 runs with one over was left.
During the tense moment, there was an exchange of some harsh words and gestures between the two players.
Pakistan had eventually won the match later when pacer Naseem Shah had hit two consecutive sixes on the first two balls of the next over. By winning the match Pakistan had qualified for the final whereas Afghanistan was ousted from the tournament.
The final of Asia Cup 2022 will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday.