The incident occurred in the 19th over of the second innings in a tense match, when Fareed dismissed Asif to leave Afghanistan one wicket away from victory. Following the dismissal, Fareed celebrated in close proximity to the dismissed Asif, who reacted by shoving the bowler. A brief altercation ensued.
“Asif breached Article 2.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match” while Fareed was found to have breached Article 2.1.12, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match,” the ICC said in a statement.
Both players admitted their offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.