ESPNcricinfo: Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh’s Captain, and his team-mate Sabbir Rahman have been fined 20% of their match fees by the ICC, following their role in the on-field row with Jos Buttler, England’s one-day Captain, that marred the second one-day international against Bangladesh on Sunday.
Buttler, who received an official reprimand for his own actions, reacted angrily to provocation from Bangladesh’s fielders after being given out for 57, via a third-umpire review, during England’s 34-run defeat at Mirpur.
All three players admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by the ICC Match Referee, Javagal Srinath, meaning there was no need for a formal hearing.
The Bangladesh team erupted after Jos Buttler was given out on review, sparking a heated confrontation – Getty Images
“The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler’s wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires’ intervention,” said Srinath. “We all want to see high intensity on the field of play, but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent.”
The Bangladesh players were found to have violated article 2.1.7 of the ICC code of conduct which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.
Buttler was found in breach of article 2.1.4, “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”.
All three players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions, which also include one demerit point being added to the disciplinary records of each player.
If any of the trio are given four demerit points within the next two years then that will be converted into at least two suspension points which carry a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20 internationals, depending on the fixture schedule.
While it was a first offence for the two captains, Sabbir now has three demerit points on his record after being given his first two for breaching the ICC’s code of conduct against Afghanistan last month.
Buttler’s run-a-ball 57 had given England renewed hope of sealing the series win after slumping to 26 for 4, but his dismissal left them 123 for 7 and facing near-certain defeat.
“I was just a little bit disappointed in the fashion they celebrated,” he said afterwards. “Mainly just the way they celebrated by running towards me and giving me a bit of a send-off.
“You don’t have to run up to a guy. I’m disappointed to get out, but emotions were running high, they were obviously delighted to get the wicket, maybe I should have just walked away.”
There has, as yet, been no ICC investigation into another flashpoint at the end of the match – as raised by Ben Stokes on Twitter, and reportedly involving Tamim Iqbal and Jonny Bairstow.
“Congrats to Bangladesh on the win tonight,” Stokes tweeted. “Outplayed us, what I won’t stand for is someone putting a shoulder to my teammate at handshakes.”