Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has been reprimanded for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Bangladesh in Dhaka.
“Hasan was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel,” the ICC said in a statement on its website.
The Article relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
Notably, it was the first offence for Hasan Ali in a 24-month period and a demerit point has been added to his profile in addition, the ICC announced.
Significantly, the incident took place during in the 17th over of Bangladesh’s innings when batsman Nurul Hasan was dismissed, caught behind off a Hasan Ali delivery. Ali, a right-arm pacer, gave an inappropriate send-off to the Bangladeshi batsman.
Meanwhile, host Bangladesh cricket team was slapped 20% of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the match.
The Bangladesh cricket team were ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
Both Ali and Bangladesh captain Mohammad Mahmudullah admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Neeyamur Rashid of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.
There was no need for formal hearings.
The charges were levelled against the two parties by on-field umpires Sharfudoulla Ibne Shahid and Masudur Rahman, third umpire Gazi Sohel and fourth official Tanvir Ahmed.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
Opting to bat after winning the toss, Bangladesh somehow crawled to 127/7 in the allotted 20 overs, thanks to some valuable contribution by Afif Hossain (36), Nurul Hasan (28) and Mahedi Hasan (30) as the visiting bowlers kept on jolting the hosts at regular intervals.
While Ali was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/22, Mohammad Wasim Jr scalped couple of wickets for 24 runs. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan picked a wicket apiece.
In return, Pakistan too, had a shaky start as they were once reeling at 23/3 in five overs. However, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah, stablized the innings with 34 runs each, to bring back Pakistan in the game.
Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan then chipped in with unbeaten 21 and 18 runs respectively to help Pakistan cross the line 19.2 overs.
The second match is currently underway in Dhaka while the third and final affair of the series will be held on November 22.
Both the side will then face each other in a two-match Test series, starting on November 26 in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
The second match will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka from December 4.