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Bangladesh U19 vs India U19. (Credits: Twitter)

Three Bangladesh players and two of their Indian opponents have been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the ugly scenes following the U19 World Cup final on Sunday. Bangladesh beat India by three wickets (DLS method) to claim their maiden global trophy.

In a thrilling low-scoring contest, Bangladesh held their nerve to register a historic win. Bowling first, Bangladesh bowled out the defending champions and hot favourites for just 177. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 88 but found little support from the other end as India were all out for a paltry total.

In reply, Bangladesh started well with their openers adding 50 runs before Ravi Bishnoi turned the game on its head. He took four wickets in quick succession to reduce Bangladesh to 65 for 4. The young Tigers then lost two more wickets to found themselves 6 down for 102. However, captain Akbar Ali’s unbeaten 43 helped them chase the revised total of 170.

Players sanctioned by ICC:

The end of the thrilling game was marred by the altercations by the players from both the sides. After the Bangladesh team ran onto the field to celebrate their side’s victory, a mass of players came together in the middle of the ground. It led to ugly scenes as players were involved in physical altercation.

The umpires had to intervene to bring things under control. ICC has now sanctioned a total of five players in the wake of the incident.  Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan were all found guilty of a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Bangladesh while from India, Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were sanctioned.

Hridoy, Hossain and Singh were all handed six demerit points, with Rakibul and Bishnoi given five for the post-match incidents. Bishnoi, the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, was slapped with a further two demerit points for using “language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter” after dismissing Avishek Das.

“The elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport,” said Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s General Manager Cricket.

“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.

“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 behavior that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket,” he added.

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