‘Everybody was in a shock’ – ICC to take action for Bangladesh players’ behaviour at the end of U19 World Cup final
The thrilling final between India and Bangladesh ended on a controversial note thanks to the poor behaviour from the Bangladeshi players.
Updated - Feb 10, 2020 10:35 am
Anil Patel, the team manager of India U19 team, has confirmed that the ICC will take action after Bangladesh players’ unacceptable behaviour at the end of the ICC U19 World Cup final. The thrilling final between India and Bangladesh ended on a controversial note thanks to the poor behaviour from the Bangladeshi players.
As soon as the winning run was scored, Bangladesh players ran on to the pitch to celebrate the historic triumph. But few of their players decided to rile up the Indian players with their comments. The Indian players did not take the comments kindly and reacted to it which led to ugly scenes. The players were then seen pushing and shoving each other before the on-field umpire intervened.
Anil Patel has now revealed that the match referee would be studying the footage of the final minutes of the match and update the team on Monday. He confirmed that the Indian team-management was shocked by the events and was set to talk to the match officials before the match referee himself approached them. Patel also said that ICC officials would watch the footage of the incident and would give their verdict on Monday.
“We don’t know what actually happened,” Patel told ESPNcrcinfo. “Everybody was in a shock, absolutely, but we don’t know what happened exactly. The ICC officials are going to watch the footage of the last few minutes and they are going to let us know.”
“The referee came to me. He was sorry about the incident. He clarified the ICC is going to take very seriously what has happened during the match and the last session and they are going to witness the footage and they will tell us in the morning [on the next step],” he added.
Shouldn’t have happened: Akbar Ali
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali, who played a big role in the three-wicket win, insisted that the incident should not have happened. He also made it clear that his teammates were at fault for the same before apologizing for the same.
What happened, it should not [have] happened,” Akbar Ali said”Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team.” at the post-match press conference. “I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through. As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game.
“Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team,” he added.