Dhoni, Mustafizur fined for physical contact

Players found to have breached the ICC code of conduct relating to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact"


Afp June 20, 2015
The ICC said a hearing was held on Friday morning by match referee Andy Pycroft in which television footage was used. PHOTOS: AFP

DHAKA: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman were fined on Friday for "deliberate physical contact" during the first one-day international between the sides, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

The two players were found to have breached the ICC code of conduct relating to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players" during the Thursday's match in Mirpur.

The ICC said a hearing was held on Friday morning by match referee Andy Pycroft in which television footage was used.

Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs in the day-night game to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The incident occurred in the 25th over of the match when Dhoni made physical contact with debutant Mustafizur while running between the wicket for a single.

The left-arm fast bowler had to temporarily leave the field after the incident, leaving Nasir Hossain to complete his over. He later returned to complete his five-wicket haul, winning man of the match award.

"My assessment was that Dhoni deliberately pushed and shouldered Mustafizur, which was inappropriate," Pycroft said in an ICC statement.

The Zimbabwean match referee said he had fined Dhoni 75 per cent of his match fee because "cricket is a non-contact sport and the players are expected to avoid physical contact at all times."

He said Mustafizur had initially pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea and accepted the sanction.

"Mustafizur was fined 50 per cent of his match fee after he admitted that his actions in not getting out of the batsman's way were inappropriate and he should have done more to avoid the contact," Pycroft said.

The remaining two ODIs will be held at the same ground in Mirpur on June 21 and 24.

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