Gurbaz’s Breach of ICC Code of Conduct
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded Afghanistan’s opening batsman for violating Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. This particular article pertains to the misuse of cricket equipment, clothing, or any ground fixtures during an international match.
Incident During Afghanistan’s Innings
The incident in question took place during the 19th over of Afghanistan’s innings. Gurbaz, evidently frustrated after being run out for 80, vented his anger on the boundary rope and a chair as he exited the field.
Acceptance of Sanction and Demerit Point
Gurbaz acknowledged his misconduct and accepted the penalty proposed by Jeff Crowe, a member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees. As a result, one demerit point has been added to Gurbaz’s disciplinary record. This is his first offence within a 24-month period.
Demerit Points and Suspension Rules
According to the ICC rules, if a player accumulates four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, these points are converted into suspension points, leading to a ban.
Penalties for Level 1 Breaches
Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct can result in a range of penalties. The minimum penalty is an official reprimand, while the maximum penalty can be up to 50 percent of a player’s match fee. Additionally, one or two demerit points can be added to the player’s record.
Afghanistan’s Victory and Upcoming Match
Afghanistan celebrated their first World Cup victory against England. Their next challenge is an unbeaten New Zealand team, with the match scheduled to take place in Chennai on Wednesday.