ICC to take action against Bangladesh U19s: ‘Everybody was in shock’

2020 Under-19 World Cup

Anil Patel – the team manager of India U19 team – has confirmed that the ICC will take action after Bangladesh players’ unacceptable behaviour at the end of their ICC U19 World Cup final victory.

The thrilling final between India and Bangladesh ended on a controversial note thanks to the poor behaviour from the Bangladeshi players.

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The Bangladesh players ran on to the pitch to celebrate the historic triumph as the winning run was scored, but appeared to get in the faces of their opponents, sparking a reaction from the Indians.

The players were then seen pushing and shoving each other before the on-field umpire intervened.

“We don’t know what actually happened,” Patel told ESPNcrcinfo. “Everybody was in a shock, absolutely, but we don’t know what happened exactly.

“The ICC officials are going to watch the footage of the last few minutes and they are going to let us know.

“The referee came to me. He was sorry about the incident. He clarified the ICC is going to take very seriously what has happened during the match and the last session and they are going to witness the footage and they will tell us in the morning.”

Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali – who saw his side over the line with an unbeaten 43 – made it clear that his team-mates were at fault, and apologised on behalf of his team.

“What happened, it should not [have] happened,” Akbar Ali said at the post-match press conference.

”Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team.

“I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through.

“As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game.”