The under-19 India team underperformed at the finals of ICC Under-19 World Cup against Bangladesh on Sunday. Apart from Bangla Tigers lifting their maiden U19 World Cup trophy one another incident hogged the limelight. After Bangladesh player Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs, the whole of Bangladesh players ran on the field for celebration but this joyous moment soon took an ugly turn. The players from both the teams started pushing each other and in a heated argument exchanged some curse words.
In accordance with the brawl that took place post the match International Cricket Council (ICC) has sanctioned five players for their unruly behavior. The players include- Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan of Bangladesh and Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi from the Indian side. These players are all charged with breaches of the ICC code of conduct and have been handed international suspensions of between four to ten matches.
ICC’s Geoff Allardice said, “The match was hard-fought but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport.”
He further added that respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team.
In other news, Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi who was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets, has been handed a further sanction of two demerit points for giving Bangladesh batsman Avishek Das a send-off during the rain-disrupted final.