Australia U19 opening batsman Sam Fanning has been been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel for an incident during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Super League quarter final match against India in Potchefstroom on Tuesday, January 28.
The incident occurred on the first ball of the 31st over during Australia's run-chase, when Fanning, batting on 48 at that point, stuck his elbow out which made contact with the bowler Akash Singh while completing the run. The bowler seemed unimpressed and replays confirmed that it'd been done on purpose.
The act was deemed as inappropriate and the batsman was found to have violated Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with another player during an international match”. Level 1 breach of such an event carries a penalty of an official reprimand and a penalty of one or two demerit points.
Fanning admitted the offence after the game and accepted the sanction proposed by ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Match Referee Graeme Labrooy. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Adrian Holdstock and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid, third umpire Wayne Knights as well as fourth umpire Asif Yaqoob. He was penalised with two demerit points.
Fanning top-scored with 75 in Australia's chase of 234, in which they fell short by 74 runs.
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