Pakistan left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been reprimanded for breaching Level 01 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second T20I against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday (November 21). Afridi has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee. The superstar seamer has also been handed one demerit point.
This is Afridi's first offence in 24 months. If a player reaches four or more demerit points within the said period, they will be converted into suspension points, and the player will be banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, depending on the player's team's schedule.
The incident took place during the third over of the innings in the second T20I, when Shaheen Afridi picked the ball on his follow-through and threw it towards Afif Hossain. Interestingly, Afif had hit Afridi for a six on the previous delivery.
Afridi has been reprimanded for breaching Article 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to throwing a ball (or any other cricket equipment) to a third person in a dangerous manner.
The rule says:
“throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match.”
Shaheen Shah Afridi pleads guilty to the offence
The ball proceeded to hit Hossain in the foot when the batter was within the popping crease with no intention of running.
On-field officials Gazi Sohel and Sohail Tanveer, third umpire Masudur Rahman and fourth umpire Sharfudoulla Ibne Shahid levelled the sanctions on Shaheen Shah Afridi. As Afridi admitted to the offence, there was no need for a formal hearing.
Apart from the incident, Shaheen Afridi had a good day at the office, giving away just 15 runs in four overs, and claiming two wickets. Pakistan restricted Bangladesh to a paltry total of 108-7 in their allotted twenty overs. It was never going to be enough, and it didn't, despite the visitors losing captain Babar Azam cheaply.
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On a wicket where shot-making was difficult, Mohammad Rizwan (39 off 45) and Fakhar Zaman (57* off 51) ensured Pakistan's victory in the 19th over.