Afghanistan’s captain, Rashid Khan, has been officially reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Group 1 match against Bangladesh. The incident occurred during the final over of Afghanistan’s innings, where Khan threw his bat on the ground in frustration after his batting partner, Karim Janat, refused a second run.

Rashid Khan was found guilty of violating Article 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which pertains to throwing a ball or any cricket equipment at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an international match. As a result, he received an official reprimand and one demerit point, which will remain on his disciplinary record for the next 24 months.

The incident took place in the last over of Afghanistan’s innings when Rashid Khan attempted to take a second run after hitting a shot into the off-side. However, Janat refused to take the run, which led to Khan throwing his bat to the ground in frustration. Despite the incident, Khan made his ground comfortably, indicating that there was enough time for the second run.

Rashid Khan Reprimanded for Bat Throwing Incident in ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight Match

Rashid Khan admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Richie Richardson of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, thus avoiding the need for a formal hearing. Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct carry penalties ranging from an official reprimand to a maximum fine of 50% of a player’s match fee and can result in one or two demerit points.

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This is Rashid Khan’s first demerit point in the past 24 months, and the addition of one demerit point to his disciplinary record reflects the seriousness of the incident. The ICC’s decision to reprimand Khan sends a clear message that such behavior is unacceptable in the sport of cricket, and players must maintain their composure and respect for their teammates and opponents at all times.

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