Asif Ali
Asif Ali. Image-Twitter

Last Update on: September 9th, 2022 at 01:50 pm

Pakistan batsman Asif Ali and Afghanistan bowler Fareed Ahmed were fined 25% of their match fees on Thursday for their on-field altercation during the Asia Cup Super 4 match.

Two players were punished for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during Wednesday’s match between Pakistan and Afghanistan following an incident after the fifth delivery of the 19th over.

Asif Ali And Fareed Ahmad breaches The ICC Code Of Conduct

Fareed Ahmad, Asif Ali
Fareed Ahmad, Asif Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

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.”

One Demerit Point Added To Both Players

In addition, one demerit point has been added to each of the players’ disciplinary records, despite the fact that neither had a previous offense in the previous 24-month period.

The incident happened in Pakistan’s 19th over, when Fareed came up and made inappropriate personal contact with Asif after dismissing him, and the batsman reacted with an aggressive bat gesture.

The altercation between the two occurred during a tense moment in the match, with the match on a knife’s edge. Ali was on fire, scoring 16 runs off 8 deliveries and threatening to win the match for Afghanistan.

Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed. PC- Getty
Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed. PC- Getty

After that, Ahmad bowled a slower bouncer that deceived Ali, and Karim Janat took the catch at short fine leg. The incident happened when Ahmad was celebrating his wicket and Ali was walking back to the pavilion.

The players admitted their offense and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.

Pakistan eventually won the match as Naseem Shah became an unlikely hero with the bat. Naseem hit two huge sixes in the first two balls against Fazalhaq Farooqui, with 11 runs in the final over and just one wicket in hand, Pakistan won the match with four balls to spare.

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah & Hasan Ali. Pic Credits: Twitter

As a result, Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified for the Asia Cup final, while India and Afghanistan were eliminated from the Super Four stage.

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