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July 14, 2009
Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain have been fined for excessive appealing during the first Test against West Indies in St Vincent which concluded on Monday. Shakib was docked 10% of his match fee while Shahadat was fined 5%. Imrul Kayes, the opening batsman, was let off with a reprimand for the same offence.
Andy Pycroft, the ICC match referee, found the players guilty during the final day of the Test as Bangladesh chased their first Test victory away from home.
"The effect of prolonging the appeal is just the same as appealing more than once which means pressurising the umpires," Pycroft said. "I can understand the enthusiasm and excitement on the field as the Bangladesh players were sensing a long-awaited victory and their first in the West Indies but excessive and prolonged appealing on more than one occasion is against the spirit of the game and has no place in the game.
"Imrul is relatively new to international cricket as he is playing only his third Test match and I am willing to accept that he didn't fully appreciate the importance of adhering to the ICC Code of Conduct. But I am sure he has now learnt his lesson and will avoid repeating the same mistake again."
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