Bangladesh players Shakib Al Hasan, Shahadat Hossain and Imrul Kayes have received punishments under the ICC Code Of Conduct for over-appealing during the recently-concluded first Test against the West Indies in Saint Vincent.
The Bangladesh completed a 95-run win, their first Test win overseas, but afterwards Shakib and Shahadat were handed fines of ten and five percent of their match fees respectively while Imrul was given a reprimand.
“The effect of prolonging the appeal is just the same as appealing more than once which means pressurising the umpires,” said match referee Andy Pycroft.
“I can understand the enthusiasm and excitement on the field as the Bangladesh players were sensing a long-awaited victory and their first in the West Indies but excessive and prolonged appealing on more than one occasion is against the spirit of the game and has no place in the game.
“Imrul is relatively new to international cricket as he is playing only his third Test match and I am willing to accept that he didn’t fully appreciate the importance of adhering to the ICC Code of Conduct. But I am sure he has now learnt his lesson and will avoid repeating the same mistake again,” he added.
Umpires Asoka de Silva, Tony Hill and Clyde Duncan brought the charges against the three players and Pycroft reached his decision after a hearing at which Bangladesh team manager Shafiq-ul-Haque was also present.
Level 1 Code Of Conduct breaches carry a maximum penalty of a fine of 50 percent of a player's match fee.
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