Afghanistan coach and player penalized for ICC Code of Conduct breach

Jonathan Trott, the head coach of Afghanistan, and player Azmatullah Omarzai have both been fined for separate incidents during the second T20I match against Bangladesh.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed penalties on Trott and Omarzai after finding them guilty of breaching the Level 1 Code of Conduct.

Both individuals were docked 15 percent of their match fees for their respective violations. Trott’s breach occurred during a rain delay when he expressed his dissatisfaction during an umpire inspection, upon being informed of further delays in the match’s resumption.

On the other hand, Omarzai was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which pertains to “using language, actions, or gestures which disparage or could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.” This violation took place in the 15th over of the chase when Omarzai gave Bangladesh batter Towhid Hridoy an intense send-off after dismissing him.

In addition to the monetary fine, both Trott and Omarzai have received one demerit point, their first offenses within a 24-month period. The individuals accepted the penalties imposed by Match Referee Neeyamur Rashid, making a formal hearing unnecessary.

Despite the disciplinary setbacks, Bangladesh emerged victorious in the match, comfortably chasing down a target of 117 with six wickets and five balls to spare. The triumph allowed the Tigers to overcome the disappointment of losing the ODI series 2-1, as they completed a clean sweep of the T20I leg of the tour.