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ICC to investigate altercation between Bangladesh and India players

  • Published at 01:54 pm February 10th, 2020
U-19
An altercation breaks out between the Bangladesh and India players following the U-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom Sunday

There was pushing and shoving between the players on the field, which eventually left a Bangladeshi flag torn up

The International Cricket Council is set to investigate the altercation between Bangladesh and India players following the grand finale of the U-19 World Cup at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa Sunday.

The occasion of Bangladesh’s historic three-wicket [Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method] win over four-time U-19 champion India was marred with players of both the teams engaging in an exchange of words. 

There was also pushing and shoving between the players on the field, which had eventually left a Bangladeshi flag torn up.

As per reports, the ICC will take the issue "seriously" and that a full update is due from the match referee, Graeme Labrooy, Monday.

Bangladesh U-19 captain Akbar Ali was sorry for the chain of events after the match while his Indian counterpart Priyam Garg laid all the blame on the opposition at the post-match press conference.

"What happened, it should not [have] happened. I don't know what exactly happened. I didn't ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotions can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through. As a youngster, it shouldn't happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game,” said Akbar, who was key behind Bangladesh’s emphatic win with an unbeaten 43. 

"Cricket is known for being a gentleman's game. So I'll say, I'll be sorry for my team," the wicketkeeper-batsman added.

Priyam claimed that the Bangladesh players had started it all following the end of the game. 

"We were easy. We think it's part and parcel of the game - you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn't have happened. But it's okay," said Priyam at the post-match press conference.