DHAKA: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman have been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a press release.
England captain Jos Buttler has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during their sides’ second One-Day International (ODI) in Mirpur on Sunday.
Both the Bangladesh players were found to have breached the ICC Code of Conduct relating to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match.” Buttler was found guilty of “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”.
While this was the first offence for the rival captains, Rahman has been sanctioned for the second time since the introduction of the ICC’s revised code.
The incident happened in the 28th over of England’s run-chase when Mortaza and Rahman reacted after Bangladesh’s review against Buttler was successful and the England captain responding by making inappropriate comments. The three players admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions.
Commenting on his decision, match referee Javagal Srinath said: “The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler’s wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires’ intervention. We all want to see high intensity on the field of play, but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent.”