'No place in our sport': Players banned over Cricket World Cup brawl

Five players have been sanctioned for brawling in the immediate aftermath of Bangladesh's victory over India in the under-19 World Cup cricket final in South Africa at the weekend.

Bangladesh claimed the title for the first time with victory by three wickets over India at Potchefstroom on Sunday, but a brawl broke out after Rakibul Hasan hit the winning runs and his teammates ran on to the field to celebrate.

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Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan of Bangladesh and Indians Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were all charged with breaches of the ICC code of conduct and handed international suspensions of between four and 10 matches.

"The match was hard fought ... but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport," said the ICC's Geoff Allardice.

Three Bangladesh players and two Indian players have been disciplined by the ICC, following an ugly shoving match after the U19 Cricket World Cup. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

"Respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket, and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team."

Indian spinner Bishnoi, who was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 17, was handed a further sanction of two demerit points for giving Bangladesh batsman Avishek Das a send-off during the rain-disrupted final.

David Warner’s words of thanks to Virat Kohli

David Warner made an emotional acceptance speech after accepting the Allan Border Medal during a year of redemption for the opener and he was not without praise for teammates and opponents.

But he also reserved a special mention to the stars of the Aussie cricket team, World No.1 bowler Pat Cummins and Steve Smith, and Indian captain and batsman Virat Kohli and their impact on children around the world.

“I realised a lot of things during that time off that we don’t actually understand or realise when we’re in this bubble, the importance of what this game is and the smiles on the faces that we bring to a lot of people,” he said during the speech.

“Having three daughters at home, looking up to guys like ‘Smithy’, ‘Cummo’ — playing cricket in the backyard they’re yelling out Virat Kohli’s name — but these are the smiles on kids’ faces that we put on.”

Kohli was praised during the ODI World Cup last year when he asked the Indian fans to respect Warner and Smith upon their return to the Aussie team and asked fans not to boo the players on the field.

He is currently the ICC World No.1 batsman.