Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad fined for verbal spat on field
Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad have been fined for on-field altercation in the ongoing match on Wednesday between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Dubai. Pakistan’s Asif Ali and Afghanistan bowler Fareed Ahmed were fined on Thursday, 25 per cent of their match fees for their on-field altercation during their Asia Cup Super 4 match at the Dubai International Stadium.
Both the players have been punished for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the match between the two teams on Wednesday.
As per an ICC statement, Ali breached Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.
On the other hand, Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1.12, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person, (even a spectator) during an International Match.” The players admitted their offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by the match referee Andy Pycroft.
The game was going in Afghanistan’s favour till the 19th over, and after the wicket of Asif, it was looking like a clear Afghan victory. Ahmad bowled a slow bouncer and got the better off Asif. Afterwards, Ahmad started celebrating after the wicket, while Ali was walking back to the dugout.
However, it was Pakistan who turned the tables around, as tailender Naseem Shah smashed two sixes to make sure the Shaheens have a place in the finals.
It will be Pakistan squaring off against Sri Lanka in the finals of the DP Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Stadium on the Sunday.