Ashraful, Mushfiqur fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim were fined for excessive and aggresive appealing during the third day's play in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Updated: January 07, 2009 11:23 IST
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Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim were on Wednesday fined for excessive and aggresive appealing during the third day's play in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong.

While Ashraful has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee, Mushfiqur has been docked 50 per cent of his earnings from the game.

The penalties were handed down by match referee Jeff Crowe following hearings which were held in Chittagong on Tuesday after the conclusion of the Test which Sri Lanka won by 465 runs.

Ashraful was found to have breached Level 1.5 of the code which relates to "excessive appealing" while Mushfiqur was found guilty of a charge under Level 2.5 of the code which deals with "charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing."

The charges were laid by on-field umpires Steve Bucknor and Nigel Llong, third umpire Nadir Shah, and fourth umpire Anisur Rahman.

Both breaches occurred after the first ball of the 78th over of Sri Lanka's second innings when Mushfiqur's appeal for a caught behind against Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan off Mehrab Hossain Junior was turned down.

After the appeal was rejected, Mushfiqur ran towards the umpire while appealing before stopping about six metres in front of the batsman while Ashraful started appealing from his place at midwicket and finished near to the pitch, about 20 metres from his original position.

Ashraful was fined after Crowe had spoken to him following similar actions in the first Test. During the second Test, the match referee was also forced to speak to Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes following similar conduct.

"Mohammad Ashraful is the captain of the team and needs to lead with responsibility and patience when an umpire is making a decision. Having spoken to him earlier in the series about a similar reaction, he was fully aware of what was acceptable and therefore, pleaded guilty to the charge," Crowe said.

"Mushfiqur conceded in the hearing that it was unacceptable behaviour when he clearly left his position from behind the stumps, charged and ended up appealing some six metres away directly towards the umpire. This sort of appealing is intended to place unnecessary pressure on the umpire and has no place in the same," he added.

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