Afghan cricketer Rahmanullah Gurbaz© AFP
Afghanistan batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been officially reprimanded for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during their epic World Cup cricket match against England. Gurbaz was found to have breached Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which covers “misuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”. In addition, one penalty point has been added to the disciplinary file of Gurbaz, for whom it was the first offense in a period of 24 months. The incident took place in the 19th over of the Afghan innings when Gurbaz hit the boundary rope and a chair with his bat after his dismissal.
Gurbaz admitted the offense and accepted the sanction suggested by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field referees Rod Tucker and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid, third referee Paul Reiffel and fourth referee Paul Wilson leveled the attack.
Level 1 offenses carry 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.
Afghanistan had defeated England by 69 runs, creating one of the biggest upsets in the history of the World Cup.
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