ICC Intercontinental Cup April 2, 2017

Nabi, Dawlat warned for conduct breach

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File photo: Mohammad Nabi celebrated a catch he didn't grab cleanly © Getty Images

Afghanistan's Dawlat Zadran and Mohammad Nabi have been warned by the ICC for breaching the Code of Conduct in two separate incidents during the side's inning and 172-run win over Ireland at the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Greater Noida last week.

Dawlat fired a throw that hit Peter Chase, Ireland's No. 11, on his leg in the first innings. The action was deemed offensive as Chase, firmly inside the crease, wasn't trying to attempt a run. In addition to the reprimand, Dawlat also had three demerit points against his name.

Nabi, meanwhile, was found guilty of breaching a code that deals with "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game." The incident occurred early in Ireland's first innings when he appealed and celebrated a catch that popped off Andy Balbirne's bat even though he had clearly grassed the opportunity.

No formal hearing was needed since both players accepted the sanctions proposed by Graeme La Brooy, the match referee. Nabi was given one demerit point for the offence.

Four or more demerit points within a 24-month period will be converted into suspension points. Players with two suspension points against their name stand to earn a ban from either an ICC Intercontinental Cup match, two ODIs or two T20Is, depending on whichever comes first.

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  • clean_game on April 4, 2017, 5:28 GMT

    Mustafa Sarwari: I agree with you that player has the right to celebrate. When you have a doubt about the catch, you actually say so to the umpire that I am not sure. Then umpire will check with TV replays and as you seen before, when people are not sure whether the catch is cleanly taken or not, they don't celebrate. I have not seen the game but the article says " even though he had clearly grassed the opportunity" which seems that it was clearly dropped. Bowler or fielder can throw ball back to stumps if the batsmen are out of the crease (when fast bowlers bowling) or when batsmen trying to take a run BUT here the batsman was not trying for run and he was well inside the crease. @cricfan0973599470: appealing after dropping the catch is not that we see many I guess, rather fielder have to accept that he was not very sure about the catch.

  • cric4luv on April 3, 2017, 13:24 GMT

    Appealing for a catch is no offense when there is a fair probability, but when an individual floors a catch but yet appeals, it amounts to dishonesty, as that individual is the best person among all the 24 persons in the field to know for sure if the catch has been taken cleanly.

  • moaz786 on April 3, 2017, 12:36 GMT

    Mohammad Nabi is losing the respect of many former fans of his like me.

  • HamzaSalman on April 3, 2017, 11:24 GMT

    Absolutely abhorrent act that - hitting a batsman on purpose with a direct throw! Reminds me of what Stuart Broad did once and the gall of him to unashamedly and unapologetically walk back!

  • InsideHedge on April 3, 2017, 10:16 GMT

    I didn't see either of these incidents but the Dawlat punishment interests me the most. On reading, he's been penalised for striking the batsman's leg. Question: would he have been penalised had the ball *just* missed his leg? Probably not. I bring this up because the practice of throwing the ball un-necessarily "towards" the stumps should have been cracked down when it first appeared.

  • cricfan09356983 on April 3, 2017, 9:56 GMT

    @SHAMLAATU calm down..you don't watch much cricket, do u ?? moreover they accepted their fault

  • cricfan4778675015 on April 3, 2017, 9:48 GMT

    As an afghan who appreciates what the game of cricket and our boys has brought to our people, would never defend to justify their mistakes or in this specific case their misbehavior which were truly contrary to the very pleasant characters and the respectful image that our team has earned. So above all these, long live "Cricket" the game of the gentlemen!!!!! Dr B.

  • shamlaatu on April 3, 2017, 6:46 GMT

    These punishments are too mild. Afghanies are too new to the game to understand the concept of it being a gentlemen's game. I think both players should have been banned from the next five games with warning of life time ban for repeated offense.

  •   Mustafa Sarwari on April 3, 2017, 6:25 GMT

    @SIDDHARTHXOOM okay brother i understand that now hope next time it doesn't happen they should play fair cricket as Afghan team got millions of fans and thanks for letting me know that at least we accept if something is right decision

  •   cricfan0973599470 on April 3, 2017, 5:33 GMT

    if appealing for a catch cause demerit points then in each match multiple players should receive demerit points, this is a fielders right to appeal even if he knows the batsman is not out but still he can appeal for it, I have seen this thousands time in live matches.

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