The announcement that opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been disciplined for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the game has tainted Afghanistan's historic upset victory over England at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup.
Gurbaz was determined to have violated Section 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which deals with "abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment, or fixtures and fittings during an International Match."
When Gurbaz left the field after getting run out for 80 during the 19th over of Afghanistan's innings, he banged his bat against the boundary rope and a chair.Gurbaz acknowledged the mistake and agreed to Jeff Crowe's suggested penalty from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, which included adding one demerit point to the opener's disciplinary record. This was the opener's first infraction in a 24-month period.
Four or more demerit points accrued during a 24-month period are converted to suspension points, which results in a player's ban.
Level 1 violations are subject to one or two demerit points, an official reprimand, and a maximum fine of 50% of the player's match fee.
Afghanistan's triumph over England was their first World Cup victory. On Wednesday in Chennai, they will play against the unbeaten New Zealand.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq