The Bangladesh U19 cricket team pulled off an amazing victory beating India by 3 wickets at the World Cup final in South Africa on Sunday.
What was meant o be a moment of celebration quickly became a brawl as heightened emotions from both sides led to 5 players from both sides receiving disciplinary action.
— Arvind Hindu (@ArvindS85497007) February 10, 2020
The incident occurred when the U19 cricket squad from Bangladesh stormed the pitch after the game in celebration of their record World Cup victory in South Africa
As a result of the brawl, the International Cricket Council (ICC) identified and sanctioned the following 5 players from both sides:
Towhid Hridoy – charged with violating Article 2.21 and received 6 demerit points
Shamim Hossain – charged with violating Article 2.21 and received 6 demerit points
Rakibul Hasan – charged with violating Article 2.21 and received 5 demerit points
Akash Singh – charged with violating Article 2.21
Ravi Bishnoi – charged with violating Article 2.21 and of breaching Article 2.5.
Bangladesh Captain Akbar Ali apologized for his team actions going on to say the following as he explained the reason behind the tension between the two teams:
“I don’t know exactly (about the incident) but what happened should not have. In the final, emotions can come out and sometimes the boys were getting pumped. As a youngster it should not be happening. In any manner, we have to show respect to our opponents and we should have the respect for the game because cricket is known as the gentleman’s game. So, I’ll be sorry for my team.”
“India-Bangladesh brings out the spark and before the World Cup final we lost the Asia Cup final to them. So the boys were too pumped up and wanted to take revenge. I will not say that it should be happening but I’m sorry from my side.”