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ICC fines Afridi for throwing ball at Afif


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For violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second T20I against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was fined 15% of his match fees.

Afridi was found to have breached Article 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match.”

In addition, Afridi's disciplinary record has been updated with one demerit point for his first offense in a 24-month period.

While Afridi fielded the ball on his follow through and threw it at Afif Hossain, hitting him on the foot, the incident occurred in the third over of Bangladesh's innings, when the batter was within the popping crease and not trying to take a run.

Afridi admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Neeyamur Rashid of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Gazi Sohel and Sohail Tanveer, third umpire Masudur Rahman and fourth official Sharfudoulla Ibne Shahid levelled the charges.

Minimum punishment of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points apply to Level 1 infractions.