Rubel Hossain Bangladesh Afghanistan ICC Code of Conduct demerit point
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Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain has received an official reprimand and a demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s second T20 International against Afghanistan in Dehradun on Tuesday. Rubel was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.

The incident happened in the 11th over of Afghanistan’s innings when Rubel showed dissent by slamming his hand downwards and shaking his head after the umpire had turned down a leg-before appeal against Samiullah Shenwari.

After the match, Rubel admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft and, as such, there was no need of any formal hearing. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Izatullah Safi and Bismillah Jan Shinwari, and third umpire Ahmed Shah Pakteen and fourth umpire Mehmood Kharotai.

Afghanistan have already secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series at Dehradun, thanks to their spin trio, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, and Mohammad Nabi. Bangladesh now face threats of a whitewash against Afghanistan for the first time in their history. Rubel has had figures of 4-0-32-1 and 3.5-0-38-1 so far in the series.