Asia Cup 2022: Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed fined for violating ICC Code of Conduct

Asif Ali, the aggressive batter of Pakistan, and Fareed Ahmad, the pacemaker of Afghanistan, have been punished for breaking the Level 1 International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during the Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday.

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The ICC, in a statement on this matter, said that the pair have been fined 25% of their match fees for a quarrel which took place after the fifth delivery of the 19th over.

Asif violated Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel regarding the use of an obscene gesture, offensive or insulting during an international match, while Fareed violated article 2.1.12, regarding “inappropriate physical contact with a player”, player support staff, umpire, referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an international game.”

The players admitted their offense and accepted the penalties proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.

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It was a moment of tension during the game when the incident between the two took place, with the contest on the edge of a knife. Ali was going 16 runs out of 8 balls, threatening to take the match away from Afghanistan.

Ahmad then threw a slower bouncer which deceived Ali, with Karim Janat taking the catch with a short fine leg. The incident then occurred as Ahmad celebrated the wicket while Ali walked towards the pavilion.

Pakistan finally won the match, with Naseem Shah emerging as the improbable hero with the bat. Requiring 11 off the final over and with only one wicket in hand, Naseem hit two big six out of the first two deliveries against Fazhalhaq Farooqi and Pakistan won the match with four remaining deliveries.

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