Rashid Khan cops punishment from ICC over ugly incident in win that knocked out Australia

The Afghanistan captain was reprimanded for his actions.

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan has found himself in hot water with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for showing dissent towards a teammate during his side's T20 World Cup win over Bangladesh. In the final over of Afghanistan's innings in Monday's crunch match in St Vincent, the 25-year-old's frustrations got the better of him when allrounder Karim Janat sent him back to his crease.

As a result of Janat declining a second run, Khan hurled his bat towards his batting partner in frustration. His bat luckily fell well short of the crease, where he was standing before the spinner regained his composure and continued on.

Rashid Khan at the T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan has been sanctioned by the ICC for throwing his bat towards his teammate in their T20 World Cup win over Bangladesh. Image: Twitter/Getty

Rashid finished with an instrumental score of 19 runs off 10 balls to help Afghanistan reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time with an eight-run victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth Lewis System (DLS). But after the game, the ICC reprimanded Khan for his actions. The Afghanistan spinner admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, meaning there will be no formal hearing.

Afghanistan's T20 World Cup campaign came to a swift end on Thursday as they were hammered by South Africa. The Proteas quicks wreaked havoc during the first semi-final at Tarouba’s Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

After Khan won the toss and chose to bat first, Afghanistan collapsed to 6-28 in the seventh over as Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada demolished the top order. Things didn't get much better from there as the Afghans were rolled for 56 in just 11.5 overs, the lowest team total in a men's T20 World Cup finals match and the nation's lowest ever score in T20 cricket.


South Africa then did the business with the bat to keep their undefeated record in the tournament intact. The Proteas needed just under 9 overs to surpass the total set by Afghanistan. They will now face the winner of India and England in the final.

While Afghanistan's win over Bangladesh sealed a historic semi-final spot, the actions of coach Jonathan Trott and Gulbadin Naib did not go down well. With progress to the T20 World Cup semi-finals on the line and wet weather closing in, Trott shockingly signalled for his players to waste time as they had just crept ahead by two runs under the DLS system, in the hope rain would become too heavy before another ball could be bowled.

Pictured left Rashid Khan and right fake injury in Afghanistan's match against Bangladesh
Afghanistan have been slammed for an unsportsmanlike act in their crunch T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh. Image: Getty

Immediately after, Naib, stationary at first slip, inexplicably fell backwards clutching his hamstring, claiming to be badly injured. If play couldn't continue Afghanistan would progress ahead of Australia. As he was basically carried off the field, umpires called for play to stop as the rain had become too heavy. But the move to attempt to progress by faking an injury did not go down well, as even Khan was seen telling his player off for the inexcusable act.

But the rain eased up and play continued, meaning the result wasn't decided by the questionable actions of Afghanistan as they ultimately won one of the most back-and-forth cricket matches in recent memory by eight runs, bowling Bangladesh out for 105 after 17.5 overs.