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Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad fined 25% of match fees for altercation

The two players squared off in the penultimate over of Pakistan's chase

Tempers flared after Fareed Ahmad dismissed Asif Ali  •  Associated Press

Tempers flared after Fareed Ahmad dismissed Asif Ali  •  Associated Press

Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmad have both been fined 25% of their match fees for a Level 1 breach of the ICC's code of conduct during the Asia Cup fixture between Afghanistan and Pakistan on September 7.
The incident in question took place in the 19th over of Pakistan's chase in what had become a tense match, when Fareed dismissed Asif to leave Afghanistan one wicket away from victory. Following the dismissal, Fareed took his celebrations quite close to the dismissed Asif, who reacted by shoving the bowler. A brief altercation ensued.
"Asif breached Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match" while Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1.12, which relates to "inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match," the ICC said in a statement.
Both players admitted their offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.
The game, which became ill-tempered towards the end, also witnessed crowd trouble after Pakistan won in dramatic fashion by one wicket thanks to two sixes by Naseem Shah off the first two balls of the 20th over. Several Afghanistan fans were detained by police following ugly scenes in the stands, though no arrests were made. PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has said the board would write to the ICC to "lodge a protest" over the "gruesome visuals" that followed the game.