Kapil Dev, Azharuddin want action against U-19 players
Former India players were left disappointed by the scenes in Senwes Park at Potchefstroom on Sunday after Bangladesh and India U-19 players were involved in verbal exchanges following the Bangladesh U-19s' World Cup final three-wicket win in a rain-affected game.
"I would like to see the board (BCCI) take some strict action against the players to set an example. Cricket is not about abusing the opponent. I am sure there is enough reason for these youngsters to be dealt with firmly by BCCI," Kapil was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
"I welcome aggression, nothing wrong in it. But it has to be controlled aggression. You can't cross the line of decency in the name of being competitive. I would say it was unacceptable that youngsters put up such an obnoxious display on the cricket field," he added.
In total, five players were sanctioned for a Level 3 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Support Personnel. Three Bangladeshi players; Md Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain and Rakibul Hasan and two Indian players; Akash Singh and Ravi Bishnoi were found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Bangladesh laid down the marker for aggression and India were in the back foot early on. Kapil welcomed aggression but did not want anyone crossing the line of decency. "I welcome aggression, nothing wrong in it. But it has to be controlled aggression. You can't cross the line of decency in the name of being competitive. I would say it was unacceptable that youngsters put up such an obnoxious display on the cricket field," he added.
Azharuddin also reiterated what Kapil said, insisting that players need to be disciplined.
"I would take action against the errant Under 19 players, but I also want to know what role has the support staff played in educating these youngsters. Act now before it is too late. The players have to be disciplined," Azharuddin said.
Earlier, Bishan Singh Bedi has lashed out at the Priyam Garg-led team, saying their behaviour was disgusting and disgraceful.
"You bat, bowl and field badly…happens, but there's no excuse for behaving badly. The behaviour was disgusting and most disgraceful. The innocence of that age was not visible at all," Bedi told Mid Day.
"Look, what Bangladesh do is their problem, what our boys do is our problem. You could see that there was abusive language used," he said.