Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza and middle-order batsman Sabbir Rahman have both been fined 20 per cent of their match fees, while England captain Jos Buttler has received an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during their sides’ second One-Day International in Mirpur on Sunday.
Both the Bangladesh players were found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, 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’, while Buttler was guilty of violating Article 2.1.4, which deals with ‘using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match’, read an ICC release.
While this was the first offence for the rival captains, Sabbir has been sanctioned for the second time since the introduction of the revised Code. He had received two demerit points for breaching Article 2.1.4 in the series against Afghanistan on 26 September. As such, he now has three demerit points against his name.
The incident happened in the 28th over of England’s run-chase when Mashrafe and Sabbir overreacted after Bangladesh’s LBW review against Buttler was successful with the England captain responding by making inappropriate comments.
The three players admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Sharfuddoula, third umpire Marais Erasmus and fourth umpire Anisur Rahman.