Bangladesh under-19 bowler Maruf Mridha has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his on-field antics during the current ICC U19 World Cup 2024 match against India. He was found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct.
Bangladesh U19 pacer Maruf Mridha was at his best with the ball in the match against India in Bloemfontein. He exuded class with the ball but what caught the attention of many was the way he reacted after taking wickets.
Maruf Mridha did not go easy on the Indian batsmen at all. He was quite ferocious as he removed wicketkeeper-batsman Aravelly Avanish as he gave him a tough send-off. He said something to the batsman and even saw the umpire talking to the bowler and the Bangladesh captain.
Bangladesh left-arm pacer Maruf Mridha has been reprimanded for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Hue was found guilty of breaching Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.
The International Cricket Council article is related to “using language, actions or gestures that disparage or that may provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an International Match.”
Under the laws, a breach of the level 1 code of conduct carries a minimum penalty of an official caution, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of the player’s match fee and one or two demerit points.
Apart from this, Maruf Mridha has been given one demerit point. This point will be added to his disciplinary record. This was his first offense in 24 months. The fast bowler accepted the sanctions and there was no need for an official hearing.
The sanctions were imposed by Shaid Wadvalla of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees. Field umpires Donovan Koch and Nigel Duguid, along with third umpire Allahudien Paleker and fourth umpire Langton Rusere, leveled the charge.
Bangladesh U-19 bowler Maruf Mridha picks fifty against India
Bangladesh U19 pacer Maruf Mridha was the pick of his team’s bowlers in the match against India. He troubled the opposing batsmen and made sure to keep his team ahead in the big match against Men in Blue.
Maruf Mridha picked five wickets and returned with the figures of 5/43. He also bowled a maiden and helped his team restrict the opposition to a total of 251 runs in 50 overs. But his efforts went in vain as India defended the target and won the game by 84 runs.
The pacer, however, had coach Stuart Law praising him for his heroism. He stated that the fast bowler has become a wicket-taker. Speaking to the station after the first entry, he explained:
“Over the last few months, he has really developed into a wicket-taking player.” he said. “At first, he was struggling a little with the pace of it, but he worked closely with the bowling coach and they got him running hard and now he is reaping the rewards. He is very good with death, a well-deserved fiftieth for him.” He concluded