Dubai, April 19: Scotsman George Munsey and Omani Ayaan Khan have been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after their heated exchange in ICC Cricket World Cup League 2.
After firing Munsey in the 31st during Scotland’s successful 226 chase, Ayaan and Munsey exchanged words in the middle, before Munsey made contact with the Oman all-rounder, sparking further discussion.
As a result of the incident, Ayaan and Munsey were found to have breached Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct and were fined 15 and 25 per cent of their match fees, respectively.
According to the ICC, “Khan violated Article 2.5, related to the use of language, actions or gestures that disparage or could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman after his dismissal, while Munsey violated Article 2.12 of the Code, related to the use of inappropriate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, referee, match official or any other person (including a spectator).” The two players also have a demerit point added to their disciplinary records. It is Ayaan’s first offence, while it is the second for the Scottish left-hander.
If a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they become suspension points and will result in the player being banned from international matches.
Two suspension points equals a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.
Field referees Akbar Ali and Rashid Riaz, and third referee Buddhi Pradhan, leveled the charges. The couple admitted the crimes and accepted the sanctions avoiding a formal hearing.