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Sabbir Rahman handed two demerit points by ICC


Sabbir Rahman was fined and handed two demerits points in the first ODI match against Afghanistan.

Sabbir Rahman was fined 30 per cent of his match fees in the first ODI match against Afghanistan

Bangladeshi cricketer, Sabbir Rahman, was fined 30 percent of his match fees and was handed two demerits points as he was found guilty of violating the ICC code of conduct in the first one-day international match against Afghanistan on Sunday.

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Sabbir was caught LBW by Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan just after he came in to bat.

During Afghanistan’s chase of runs, the cricketer questioned an LBW decision of umpire Sharfuddoula and was also recorded making inappropriate comments to the umpire.

Breach of ICC code of conduct

According to the ICC Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, the usage of inappropriate language is prohibited in an international match.

“Using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match,” the ICC article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conducts read.

Following the enactment of Article 7.3 of the revised code which came into existence four days ago, two demerits points were added to the player’s disciplinary record.

According to article 7.6 of the code, the cricketer will be handed a ban for a test or two ODI matches or two T20 international matches, if awarded another two demerit points in the next 24 months.

According to the ICC, the player had complied with the charges and accepted the sanctions which were proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without any formal hearing taking place.

Both the on-field and off-field umpires had leveled the charges on the cricketer. According to the norms of ICC, a level one breach means a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

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Bangladesh won the match against Afghanistan by 7 runs. The Rahman incident might take a toll on the rest of the series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. 

Earlier incidents

This month, Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was also fined 30 percent of his match fees as he was found to have broken the ICC Code of Conduct.

Earlier this year, Thisara Perera and Mitchell Starc of Sri Lanka and Australia respectively were both handed a fine and reprimanded for a Code of Conduct breach. 

Bangladesh faces Afghanistan in the second one-day international match tomorrow in Sher-e-Bangla stadium, Dhaka. 

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