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Mustafa, Williams sanctioned by ICC for breach of conduct

Both Sean Williams (right) and Rohan Mustafa were handed a demerit point
Both Sean Williams (right) and Rohan Mustafa were handed a demerit point

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined both United Arab Emirates captain Rohan Mustafa and Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Williams for a breach of Level 1 Conduct following the recently concluded ICC World Cup Qualifiers game between the two teams in Harare.

The thrilling encounter which saw UAE winning by three runs by DLS method to deny Zimbabwe a berth in World Cup 2019 saw heated exchanges between the two players when Williams was dismissed by Mustafa after a well-made 80-run knock.

As a result, both the players were fined 15 percent of their respective match fees and were also handed a demerit point. As they pleaded guilty to the charges levelled by onfield umpires Ahsan Raza and Gregory Brathwaite, along with third umpire Joel Wilson and fourth umpire Simon Fry., there was no requirement for a formal hearing.

"Rohan was 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 Williams was found 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"," a release from the ICC stated.

The defeat meant Zimbabwe finished the World Cup Qualifiers at third place with the top two Windies and Afghanistan making it to the showpiece event in 2019.

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