Three UAE players including captain Rohan Mustafa have been suspended for eight weeks by the Emirates Cricket Board for violating the ‘Player’s Code of Conduct’ and the usage of social media during the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Asia Cup. The other two players suspended are Ahmed Raza and Rameez Shahzad.
The three players had tweeted heavily criticising the facilities at the ground in Karachi after a brief spell of rain had ended their hopes of reaching the semifinal. The tweets were later deleted by all three players. Hong Kong were struggling at 87/4 in 31 overs in an encounter against UAE before rain made an appearance for around half an hour. The match never resumed since the authorities couldn’t get the ground ready in time following the rain delay, following which the two teams had to split points, which left the UAE players infuriated.
“Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has today confirmed it has completed a disciplinary investigation relating to an alleged violation of its Player’s Code of Conduct, and use of Social Media following a recent incident during the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup,” the board said in a statement. “ECB concluded that 3 players; Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza and Rameez Shahzad, had violated its Code of Conduct and requirements for the use of Social Media.
“As a result, each of the players have been suspended from International Cricket for a period of 8 weeks, fined and warned about their future conduct. ”