Three UAE cricketers suspended for violating the ‘Player’s Code of Conduct’
The tweets from these cricketers were deleted later and they were also handed fines and warnings.
Updated - Dec 20, 2018 11:16 am
The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), on Wednesday, handed over an eight-week suspension to three UAE cricketers. Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Rameez Shahzad violated the ‘Player’s Code of Conduct’ and requirements for the use of social media, a board release said. All of these three criticised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Twitter.
After a game in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Pakistan was washed out due to rain, the trio vented out their frustration. They claimed that the poor facilities at the Karachi stadium wiped out their hopes of getting through to the semi-final.
UAE restricted Hong Kong to 87 for 4 in 31 overs at the Southend Stadium in Karachi in the Group B match. But then, the rain decided to pour in and it lasted for about half-an-hour. Even though resumption of play was possible, inadequate measures to cover the pitch and the failure of ground staff resulted in no further play being possible.
Both the teams had to share one point each. Had UAE won this game, they could have boosted the chances of making it to the knockouts.
Here are the tweets that were later deleted:
The official statement from ECB
“Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has today confirmed it has completed a disciplinary investigation relating to an alleged violation of its Player’s Code of Conduct, and use of Social Media following a recent incident during the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup,” the ECB statement said.
“ECB concluded that 3 players; Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Rameez Shahzad, had violated its Code of Conduct and requirements for the use of Social Media. As a result, each of the players have been suspended from International Cricket for a period of 8 weeks, fined and warned about their future conduct.”
All the three tweets were deleted later and the cricketers were also handed fines and warnings.