Bangladesh fast bowler Khaled Ahmed has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee as he breached the ICC Code of Conduct during the second Test against South Africa. Ahmed was found at fault of breaching Article 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
The article states, “throwing a ball at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an international match.” As this is a Level 1 breach, Ahmed will receive one demerit point added to his disciplinary record as it’s his first offence in a 24-month period.
International Cricket Council also released a statement that read, “The incident occurred in the 95th over of South Africa’s first innings on the second day when Kyle Verreynne hit the ball back towards Ahmed. The bowler then threw it towards Verreynne in an inappropriate and dangerous manner, hitting him on the right glove.”
On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Allahudien Paleker, third umpire Adrian Holdstock and fourth official Bongani Jele presented Ahmed with the charges. He has also admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft.
Check out the video of the incident here:
Absolutely unnecessary, embarrassing, and disgraceful. Surely this warrants a fine + demerit points for Khaled Ahmed. Awful attempt to show aggression.
— A B H A I || Bowled Through The Gate ™ (@Abhai_BTTG) April 10, 2022
Keshav Maharaj’s dream run
Protean spinner Keshav Maharaj won the player of the match and series as he took 16 in two matches with an average of 12.12. In the second innings, Maharaj took seven wickets in 12 overs while giving away just 40 runs. In the post-match interview, he said, “Really happy. First to see the team cross the line, obviously, we know the conditions were difficult and probably not suited for us, but full credit to the team. Dean did an excellent job leading us and the guys were clinical in the series.”
“Dean and the coach had a chat with with me (after the first innings of the first Test), they said you’re doing the right thing and your time will come, there will be a situation in the second innings and ever since I have not looked back. I was just trying to do the right things. I have just repeated my processes from the time I started playing domestic cricket, few minor tweaks here and there,” he added.
Notably, Bangladesh lost the second and final Test by 332 runs to South Africa as they were all out for 80 in their second innings on the fourth day.