India’s Under-19 World Cup-winning captain, Unmukt Chand has opined on the feud that took place between India and Bangladesh after the final of the tournament this year. Unmukt Chand led India to an Under 19 World Cup win in 2012, scoring a scintillating century in the final against Australia, the hosts of the tournament.
Notably, Bangladesh won the ICC Under 19 World Cup this year in South Africa, beating India in the final of the tournament. There were a lot of verbal exchanges that took place throughout the course of the game. Things went from bad to worse after Bangladesh won the final as the players from both sides were involved in a massive on-field brawl.
Now, Unmukt Chand has opened up on his views on the incident and termed it unfortunate and uncalled for, in the wake of the spirit of the game.
Unmukt Chand Opens Up On The India-Bangladesh Feud In The Under 19 World Cup
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor.com, Unmukt Chand said, “Such things are not appreciated, but it might happen, especially in the Under 19 level when the emotions are high, so players can do it sometimes. I think its the responsibility of the coaches to ensure that such things don’t happen.”
“Its a good learning and you should not do such things. Cricket is played on the field and the better it is that its left in good spirits,” Unmukt Chand added.
ICC Came Down Hard On The Players After The Incident
Three Bangladesh players were fined while two Indian players received hefty fines. The Bangladesh players who were punished were Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan. Rakibul had struck the winning runs as Bangladesh chased down a revised target of 170 in 46 overs after India were bowled out for 177 to win the Under-19 World Cup title. All three were handed six demerit points and found guilty of a level three breach of the ICC code of conduct.
Akash Singh, the left-arm pacer and Ravi Bishnoi, the legspinner were the Indian players to be sanctioned. Bishnoi, the leading wicket-taker in the 2020 ICC Under-19 World Cup, was handed 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.
Besides, he was also given five demerit points for the post-match incidents along with Akash. The suspension points will be applied to the forthcoming international matches the players are most likely to participate in at either senior or Under-19 level.