Aggressive fast bowling is always fun to watch. Those toe-crushing Yorkers and unplayable bouncers tend to keep the create great excitement around the game. However, sometimes this aggression backed by passionate intensity also lands the bowlers in trouble. Something similar with Hasan Ali on Friday when ICC reprimanded him for a breach of code of conduct in Pakistan’s 1st T20I against Bangladesh.
It was the first game that Pakistan was playing about their agonizing loss against Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinal. Hasan Ali was treated as an enemy by his nation after he dropped a crucial catch of Mathew Wade, who later went on to win the game for Australia. Hence, with redemption on his mind, Hasan Ali took the field against Bangladesh as a the leader of the young Pakistani Bowling lineup. He led by example and helped his team rattle the top order of Bangladesh, who lost four wickets in just nine overs.
The incident, however, occurred in the 17th over of the match when Hasan gave an inappropriate sendoff to Nurul Hasan after dismissing him caught behind. The match referee noted the incident and found it a breach of Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct. ICC also issued a statement later, in which they claimed that one demerit point was also added to the disciplinary record of Hasan Ali. This was his first offense in the last 24 months.
On the other hand, Bangladesh was handed a penalty of 20% of their match fees for the slow over-rate. The charges were accepted by both Hasan Ali and Mahmudullah (Bangladesh captain), and no former hearing will take place for the offenses in the future.