IPL: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken stern action against 2 Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir and one of the Afghan team’s player Naveen-ul-Haq for “an ugly brawl” during a recent match. Kohli and Gambhir were fined 100% of their match fees and Naveen-ul-Haq 50%. A heated argument took place between Naveen-ul-Haq and Kohli. Reportedly, Naveen made some comments about Kohli during an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir then intervened which then turned into a physical altercation.
“Lucknow Super Giants’ leader Gautam Gambhir has attracted a fine 100 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct while playing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Gambhir admitted to the Level 2 offence under Article 2.21 of the IPL Code of Conduct”
“Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Virat Kohli has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee over breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Kohli admitted to the Level 2 offence under Article 2.21 of the IPL Code of Conduct,” IPL said in a release late on Monday night.
BCCI’s decision to impose huge fines on Kohli as well as Gambhir sends a strong message that such behavior is not at all acceptable in the game of cricket. The Indian Cricket Board has always had a zero tolerance policy towards any form of disorder or misconduct and this case is no exception. With being role models for millions of young cricket enthusiasts, comes heavy responsibility and it is necessary that players maintain a certain level of professionalism and sportsmanship on and off the pitch.