Gulbadin Naib Faces Ban for ‘Faking Injury’ in Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup Thriller

Gulbadin Naib


Author: Hriday Verma

Published: June 26, 2024

In a dramatic turn of events during the 2024 T20 World Cup, Afghanistan’s Gulbadin Naib found himself at the center of controversy. The all-rounder’s alleged “faking” of an injury raised eyebrows and sparked heated discussions among cricket enthusiasts. Let’s delve into the details of this intriguing incident.

During a crucial match against Bangladesh, Gulbadin Naib was fielding in the slip cordon when he suddenly fell to the ground, seemingly due to injury.

The timing was critical—the game had already witnessed multiple rain interruptions, and Bangladesh was chasing Afghanistan’s total of 116. At that moment, Bangladesh stood at 81/7, just two runs behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score in a revised chase of 114 in 19 overs.

Was it a genuine injury, or was he deliberately wasting time?

Afghanistan’s coach, Trott, had instructed his players to slow down, presumably to take advantage of the rain-induced disruptions. Naib’s sudden collapse raised suspicions. Commentators Simon Doull and Pommie Mbangwa weighed in, with Doull expressing his disapproval of Naib’s actions. The incident left fans divided and fueled speculation about Gulbadin Naib’s intentions.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has clear guidelines regarding time-wasting. Under Article 2.10.7, “time-wasting” is considered a level 1 or 2 offense.

For a level 1 offense, the maximum penalty includes a 100% match-fee fine and two suspension points. Accumulating four suspension points within a year could lead to a ban from one Test match or two ODIs or T20s. Additionally, Article 41.9 of the ICC’s playing conditions for T20Is allows umpires to penalize time-wasting with a five-run penalty.

Investigations Are Still Going On And Deliberate Actions Will Be Taken 

If the umpires suspect deliberate or repetitive time-wasting, they can lodge a report under the ICC Code of Conduct. In such cases, the captain and fielding team members responsible for time-wasting may face charges. However, in the Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh match, no such penalty was imposed.

Naib’s post-match comment—humorous and cryptic—added to the intrigue: “Kabi khushi kabi gham main huta hai (It happens sometimes when you are happy or when you are sad). Hamstring”.

Afghanistan ultimately secured victory by eight runs, advancing to their maiden World Cup semifinal. Whether Gulbadin Naib’s injury was genuine or strategic remains a topic of debate. As cricket fans, we’ll continue to dissect this intriguing incident, pondering the fine line between gamesmanship and fair play.

Remember, cricket is not just about runs and wickets—it’s also about the drama, controversies, and moments that keep us hooked to the game!

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