ICC fines Bangladesh for slow over-rate; Nafees reprimanded

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Dubai, Apr 18 (UNI) The Bangladesh team was fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against Pakistan during the third one-day international in Lahore while opener Shahriar Nafees was reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.

Bangladesh team was found one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.

Match referee Mike Procter imposed a fine of ten per cent of the match fee on captain Mohammad Ashraful while each of his players received five per cent fines.

Nafees was found to have breached clause 1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct when, after misfielding, Shahriar kicked and damaged an advertising hoarding which relates to abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

However, Nafees pleaded guilty but Procter said, ''It was Shahriar's third misfield in the innings and he was obviously frustrated as it was a crucial game because Bangladesh was playing to stay alive in the series.'' ''But it is not the sort of example that players should be setting at any time. Shahriar pleased guilty, apologised for the incident and promised not to repeat it again,'' he explained.

Procter reached the conclusion after a hearing attended by the umpires, Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons, manager Shafiq-ul-Haque and Shahriar Nafees.

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