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ICC Suspends Gulbadin Naib for Remainder of T20 World Cup

As of June 26, 2024, the ICC has suspended Gulbadin Naib for the remainder of the T20 World Cup. He will not be playing in Afghanistan's next match against South Africa.

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6/26/20241 min read

Gulbadin Naib Controversy at the 2024 T20 World Cup

Incident During the Match

During Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh, Gulbadin Naib caused a stir when he appeared to injure himself. Naib, who was fielding in the slip cordon, claimed to have cramps in the 12th over, which was bowled by spinner Noor Ahmad. This happened after Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott signaled his players to slow down. The match had already been interrupted by rain several times, and at that point, Bangladesh was two runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score in a revised chase of 114 runs in 19 overs. Afghanistan eventually won the match by eight runs, reaching their first-ever World Cup semifinal.

Reactions from Former Players

Many former players doubted the genuineness of Naib’s injury. Commentator Simon Doull criticized Naib for what he saw as an unnecessary fall, and Zimbabwean commentator Pommie Mbangwa jokingly suggested Naib deserved an Oscar or Emmy for his performance. Naib received treatment on the field and later left, citing a hamstring issue.

Rules on Time-Wasting

According to the ICC’s Code of Conduct, time-wasting is a level 1 or 2 offense. The maximum punishment for a level 1 offense is a 100% match-fee fine and two suspension points. If a player gets four suspension points in a year, they may be banned for one Test match or two ODIs or T20Is. Article 41.9 of the ICC’s playing conditions for T20Is also allows for a five-run penalty for time-wasting, but no such penalty was given in this match.

Investigation and Suspension

If time-wasting is found to be deliberate, an investigation can occur after the game. Umpires can report the incident, and the captain or any fielding team member responsible may face charges.

Latest Update

As of June 26, 2024, the ICC has suspended Gulbadin Naib for the remainder of the T20 World Cup. He will not be playing in Afghanistan's next match against South Africa.