Pakistan's Hasan Ali and the Afghanistan pair of Rashid Khan and captain Asghar Afghan were handed one demerit point and fined 15 percent of their match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the Asia Cup Super-Four encounter between the two teams on Friday (September 21).
Hasan was found guilty of threatening to throw the ball towards batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi during the 33rd over of Afghanistan's innings. Asghar was deemed guilty for brushing shoulders with Hasan while taking a run in the 37th over. Rashid, meanwhile, received his sanction for a raised-finger send off to Asif Ali in the 47th over of Pakistan's innings.
Hasan and Asghar were found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game", while Rashid was found to have violated Article 2.1.7, which deals with "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match."
The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Shaun George, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth umpire Anis-ur-Rahman. All three players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted Match Referee Andy Pycroft's sanctions at the end of the game.
While this was Hasan and Rashid's first transgression, it is the second occasion that Asghar has been handed a demerit point within a 24-month period. In February 2017, Asghar received a reprimand and one demerit point for showing dissent against an umpire's decision in an ODI against Zimbabwe.
As such, he now has two demerit points. As per ICC norms, once a player is given demerit points, they stay on his record for 24 months. If a player gets four demerit points within 24 months, he gets a one Test or two-limited over game ban. If he gets eight demerit points within 24 months, the ban doubles.