'You don't want to see such player behaviour during any level of cricket'

Media Release | March 17, 2018


Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and reserve player Nurul Hasan have both been fined 25 per cent of their match fees and also received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct in separate incidents during their side's Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.

Shakib was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game", while Nurul was found guilty of violating Article 2.1.2, which deals with "conduct that brings the game into disrepute".

This was the first time one demerit point either player has had since the system came into effect on 22 September 2016.

The incident involving Shakib happened in 19.2 over of the Bangladesh innings when he came to the edge of the boundary and gestured at his batsmen to come off the field while remonstrating against an umpiring decision.

As regards Nurul, the reserve player argued and pointed finger at Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera which led to unruly public behaviour after he was sent by the team on to the field of play to pass on a message to the two batsmen.

On Saturday morning, both Shakib and Nurul pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Announcing his decision, Mr Broad said: "Friday's incidents were disappointing as you don't want to see such player behaviour during any level of cricket. I understand that it was a tense and an edge-of-the-seat match with place in the final on the line, but the actions of the two players were unacceptable and cannot be condoned as they clearly went overboard. Had the fourth umpire not stopped Shakib and the fielders remonstrating, and then the on-field umpires not intervened between Nurul and Thisara, things could have become worse."

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Raveendra Wimalasiri and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, third umpire Ranmore Martinesz and fourth umpire Lyndon Hannibal.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points.

© International Cricket Council


Anonymous's picture

who is this under world thug NURUL HASAN is he a cricketer or an under world killer, pointing finger at the srilankan skipper threatening him over and incident which took place last over of the match. we never knew that Bangladeshis are taking Under World Thugs when they are traveling to other countries

delan82's picture
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Well shame Chris Broad and ICC did not back up their words with adequate penalties.

Captains get suspended for slow over rates, players for excessive appealing or sending off batsmen. I saw yesterday a tweet reminding that Faf duplessis was fined 50% of his match fee for wearing the wrong colour shoe laces...yet look at the penalty given out here. Unbelievable! And includes the captain too!

Chris Broad should be sacked as a match ref. He shouldn't have been allowed in the first place at international level whilst his son is also playing.

Hope the umpires that made the blunders have also received their due course.

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Bangladesh and its captain are out of line and plain ugly. Not even the ugly australians ever got this ugly! Bangladesh just need to get some of the basics right starting with the captain. No captain should call players off the field due to a perceived error in umpiring! What sort of cricketer is that?

I am not suggesting SL players were innocent but the door in the SL dressing room is still there and no one threatened to walk off AND we lost the game! No matter how good you are (and Bangladesh hardly are) one needs to uphold the spirit of the game. Even the ugly Australians managed to do just enough but I felt the Bangladesh's failed miserably.

As for Chris Board, this guy is a joke and I am not sure why he keeps getting appointed for SL games. He has time and again shown the inability make sound calls. His Son plays against the players he is adjudicating against - its a joke that's gone on for too long.

Anonymous's picture

Mountain never shakes or falls just because a dog barks. Captain Thissara showed that when rowdy BAN was at his face. He was fearless but very smart and well controlled to avoid engaging in any breach of code. Very admirable! Let him have a good run in ODI captaincy with complete teams.

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