Mar 162014

Dawlat Zadran, Anamul Haque

Dawlat Zadran (right) has been fined half of his match fee (as has Shakib Al Hasan)

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Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran have both been fined 50 per cent of their match fees for an altercation during the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

The pair breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play during an international match’.

In the ninth over of Bangladesh’s innings, bowler Dawlat made deliberate contact with Shakib, who was batting at the time.

Shakib reacted, also making physical contact and the pair were reported by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong as well as third umpire Kumar Dharmasena and fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Both players pleaded guilty to the charges.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle said: “Cricket is a non-contact sport and the teams were reminded at the pre-tournament briefings that intentional and avoidable physical contact of any form is unacceptable and these judgments reflect that.”

Bangladesh went on to win the game by nine wickets and put themselves in a strong position in Group A of the tournament.

© Cricket World 2014

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The eight lowest ranked sides will play in two groups of four between 16th and 21st March with the group winners qualifying for the next stage.

Group A: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal

Group B: Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, Zimbabwe

The sides in each ‘Super 10’ group will play each other between 21st March and 1st April.

Group 1: England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Group B Qualifier

Group 2: Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Group A Qualifier

The semi-finals will be held on 3rd and 4th April with Mirpur hosting the final on 6th April

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