SA vs BAN: Bangladesh pacer Khaled Ahmed fine 15% of match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Khaled Ahmed had threw the ball at Kyle Verreynne unnecessarily in the 95th over of South Africa's 1st innings.

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Bangladesh’s Khaled Ahmed has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Gqeberha.

Ahmed 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 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 to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Ahmed, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period, taking his cumulative demerit points to one. The incident occurred in the 95th over of South Africa’s first innings on day two when Kyle Verreynne hit the ball back towards Ahmed. The bowler then threw it towards Verreynne in an inappropriate and dangerous manner, hitting him on the right glove. 

Ahmed admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft, as such there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Allahudien Paleker, third umpire Adrian Holdstock and fourth official Bongani Jele levelled the charges. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Bangladesh lost the series 0-2

Meanwhile, Bangladesh lost the second and final Test of the series by 332 runs as yet again, they put up an underwhelming performance in the second innings. The visitors were bundled out for just 80 runs chasing a mammoth total in excess of 400. They also lost the two-match Test series 0-2 having went down meekly in the second innings of the opening Test as well. Khaled Ahmed was one of the best bowlers of the tour for Bangladesh picking up eight wickets after deliveries 77 overs across the four innings.