Asif Ali (R) and Fareed Ahmad argue after a dismissal during the Asia Cup match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. AFP
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Pakistan's batter Asif Ali and Afghanistan fast bowler Fareed Ahmad have been fined 25 per cent of their match fees for a heated exchange in their thrilling Asia Cup match at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Afghans suffered a heartbreaking one-wicket loss to Pakistan to crash out of the Twenty20 tournament along with heavyweights India.
The incident occurred in the 19th over of the game, when Afghanistan's fast pacer Fareed came up and made inappropriate physical contact with Asif after dismissing him.
Fareed Ahmad and Asif Ali react after a dismissal during the T20 match of Asia Cup in Sharjah. AP
Tempers flared when Fareed dismissed Asif and "made inappropriate physical contact" with the batsman, who "reacted with an aggressive gesture of the bat," the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.
Asif breached Article 2. 6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match” while Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1. 12, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”
The ICC said that both players admitted their offenses and accepted the sanctions proposed by the match referee.
One demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of the players, both of whom did not have any previous offence in a 24-month period.
Pakistan No.10 batter Naseem Shah smashed back-to-back sixes in the last over to clinch victory for Pakistan and also a place in Sunday’s final against Sri Lanka at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Dasun Shanaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa held their nerves to steer Sri Lanka to a nail-biting six-wicket victory over India after openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis set the tone in their Asia Cup match on Tuesday.
Javed Miandad's final ball six off India's Chetan Sharma in the 1986 Austral-Asia Cup final at Sharjah still hurts India fans. Shahid Afridi won many exciting games for Pakistan with his maverick batting but his two sixes off India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a 2014 Asia Cup match remain special.
India, who won the previous Asia Cup in 2018 played in a 50-over format, came in as pre-tournament favourites but lost their first two Super Four matches to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Kohli ended his century drought of 1,020 days in the international matches with the career-best an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls, propelling India to 212. After posting a huge total, India restricted Afghanistan to 111/8 as Kumar returned with a career-best figure of 5-4.
An array of talented stars will descend in Dubai during the course of this week in preparation for the 26th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge (AHTC) that is scheduled to take place at the Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai Marina.
The UAE Polo Federation has high hopes of being chosen as the host country for the 2026 Polo World Cup.
Considered as one of the largest chess events in the Arab world and Middle East, organized by Alef Group in cooperation with the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, began with the participation of more than 1,000 players from 25 countries and will continue till Dec.18.