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ICC take action over heated exchange

England and Bangladesh captains among three players sanctioned by ICC after fiery incident in ODI

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Bangladesh pair Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman while England captain Jos Buttler has been handed a reprimanded for the trio’s involvement in a heated mid-pitch exchange during the second ODI in Dhaka.

Bangladesh captain Mortaza and middle-order batsman Rahman were fined 20 per cent of their match fee but Buttler escaped a monetary penalty after the local duo overreacted to the Englishman’s wicket.

Report, scorecard: Bangladesh v England, second ODI

Buttler was originally given not out lbw from the bowling of Taskin Ahmed in the 28th over in the second innings, but a review by Bangladesh overturned the decision to send the England captain on his way for 57 and sparked an animated celebration by Mortaza and Sabbir.

Buttler then confronted the overzealous pair but admitted after the match, which Bangladesh won by 34 runs to level the series 1-all, that he regretted his actions.

"Emotions were running high and obviously (they were) delighted to get the wicket. Maybe I should have just walked off," Buttler said after the match.

"Maybe it’s something in hindsight I was disappointed with the reaction … maybe I should have taken it up (in) a different way."

Mortaza and Sabbir were penalised after being found to have used “language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.

One demerit point has been allocated to all three players. Under ICC rules, if a player accrues four demerit points within a 24-month period those points will be converted into (at least two) suspension points which equates to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.

Sabbir has already been sanctioned under the new demerit point system introduced on September 22 and now has three demerit points against his record after breaching the same offence Buttler was found guilty of; “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”, against Afghanistan in September. 

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