Three Bangladesh players and two of their Indian counterparts have been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the Under-19 World Cup final concluded on a sour note.
Bangladesh claimed their maiden world title in a low-scoring thriller, scampering across the finishing line by a margin of just three wickets. Their celebrations following the momentous win were marred by a series of altercations involving a lot of shoving and pushing between the players.
As a result, the ICC has heavily sanctioned the Bangladesh trio of Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan, and India's Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, all of whom have been found guilty of a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Support Personnel.
Bishnoi, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, has received an additional charge for breaching Article 2.5 for using "language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter" after dismissing Avishek Das.
The stiffest penalty was imposed on Hridoy, who hit the winning runs, as he copped ten suspension points equivalent to six demerit points. Hossain and Singh have gotten eight suspension points that equates to six demerit points while Hasan's tally of suspension points reads four, equal to five demerit points. Bishnoi has seven demerit points and five suspension points.
All the above points will remain on a player's track record for 24 months with one suspension point meaning the player is ineligible for one ODI or T20I, U19 or A team international match.
All the players accepted the charges levelled on them by on-field umpires Sam Nogajski, Adrian Holdstock, third umpire Ravindra Wimalasiri and the fourth umpire Patrick Bongni Jele.
ICC General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice called the whole episode disappointing and felt the unsavoury actions necessitated strict judgment from the apex cricket body.
“The match was hard-fought, as you would expect in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Final, but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport."
"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," he added.
“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.”