Asif Ali of Pakistan and Fareed Ahmed of Afghanistan got into a heated argument during the Wednesday Asia Cup Super 4 game in Sharjah that nearly led to physical confrontation. Asif Ali and Fareed Ahmed both received a 25% loss in match revenue for breaking Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

According to a statement from the ICC, Fareed was found to have broken Article 2.1.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which addresses “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.” Article 2.6 of the code, which deals with “using a gesture that is vulgar, insulting, or indecent,” was judged to have been broken by Asif.

The players admitted their mistakes and agreed to the penalties that match referee Andy Pycroft had advised.

The whole incident took place in Pakistan’s chase’s 19th over. In the low-scoring encounter, Pakistan had suffered several rapid wicket losses as Afghanistan stormed back. Asif Ali was seeing his colleagues lose their wicket from the non-end. striker’s The strike was ultimately returned to him when No. 10 Naseem Shah scored a single. By striking a huge six off Fareed, Asif gave the game another twist and reduced the score to 12 off 8 balls. The sixth ball of the over, delivered by the Afghanistan left-arm seamer, bounced, and Asif top-edged it to a short fine leg, turning the contest once again.

The other Afghanistan players and the umpires intervened to keep the two players apart before they got into a physical brawl as Ali was walking towards the pavilion and Ahmad was celebrating obtaining the wicket.

In the end, Pakistan prevailed, with Naseem Shah emerging as the game’s unexpected hero with the bat. Naseem smashed two huge sixes off the first two deliveries against Fazhalhaq Farooqi as Pakistan won the match with four deliveries left after needing 11 runs off the last over and only having one wicket in hand.