Rahmanullah Gurbaz fined heavily for hitting boundary rope during ODI World Cup 2023 game against England

Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 80 off 57 balls against England in the 13th game of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. The Asian side ended up winning the game

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Afghanistan opening batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been fined 50 percent of his match fees. Apparently, during the game against England, the right-hander got run out by substitute David Willey. After this, the former went out frustrated and went on to hit the advertising cushions on the boundary rope. This has led to him being fined as per Level 1 breach of Article 2.2 of the Apex Council Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

"Article 2.2 includes any action(s) outside the course of normal cricket actions, such as hitting or kicking the wickets and any action(s) which deliberately (i.e. intentionally), recklessly or negligently (in either case even if accidental) results in damage to the advertising boards, boundary fences, dressing room doors, mirrors, windows and other fixtures and fittings," the article reads.

"For example, this offence may be committed, without limitation, when a Player swings his/her bat vigorously in frustration and causes damage to an advertising board," it continues.

Afghanistan pulled off the first upset of the ODI World Cup 2023

Meanwhile, the Asian side has won their second-over ODI World Cup game. Their maiden win was against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, in this game, the Afghans were asked to bat first after losing the toss. They amassed 284 runs although they had a start that could have taken them to 330-340.

However, in reply, the defending champions kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They ended up losing the game by 69 runs. With this, the Afghans have registered the first upset of the ongoing tournament.

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