5 controversial moments at Asia Cup 2016
The Asia Cup concluded with Team India emerging as the winners. They defeated Bangladesh in the final by 8 wickets and deservedly lifted their sixth Asia Cup. It has witnessed some memorable performances. But it had its share of controversies too, mostly on the field and some off it too.As we reminisce about the just concluded tournament, let us have a look at some of the controversial incidents that made the headlines and went viral in the social media.
#5 Shakib hitting the stumps with his bat
The Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had a tournament he would love to forget. Not only with his dismal performances, Shakib let himself down with on-field antics too.
He landed in trouble as he was given an official reprimand by the International Cricket Council for breaching Level 1 of ICC code of conduct during the match against Pakistan in Mirpur on March 2nd in the ongoing Asia Cup.
According to a press release by ICC, the talismanic all-rounder was found to have breached Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an International match”.
The unpleasant incident took place in the 18th over of the Bangladesh innings. Bangladesh in pursuit of Pakistan’s total of 129-8, required 26 off the last three overs as Shakib took guard against Mohammad Amir in the 18th over.
Amir started the over with a magnificent yorker and put the pressure back on Shakib who was struggling a little bit with this timing. On the next ball, Shakib attempted a lap shot but he chose the wrong ball to do so. The stumps were uprooted.
What followed was an amalgamation of sheer anger and frustration, as Shakib furiously hit the stumps with his bat. It was such an instantaneous reaction. Shakib quickly realized what he had done and tried to make amends by apologizing to the umpire.