Jos Buttler will not be fined but has been handed an "official reprimand" by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching their code of conduct with his part in an angry row that became the focal point of England's second ODI defeat to Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday (9 October).
After initially surviving an lbw shout from Taskin Ahmed in the 28th over of a bad-tempered 34-run defeat that levelled the three-match series at 1-1, the Lancashire batsman, who is serving as temporary limited-overs captain on the subcontinent after Eoin Morgan elected to remain at home, was given out for an impressive 57 on appeal.
Tensions were running high at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium as England lost their most critical player while attempting to chase down a target of 239 for victory and Buttler subsequently took exception to the Bangladeshi fielders' over-exuberant celebrations to his dismissal during a heated exchange that almost saw him square up to Mohammad Mahmudullah. All-rounder and vice-skipper Ben Stokes also argued with Tamim Iqbal during post-match handshakes after the Tigers opener appeared to clash shoulders with Jonny Bairstow.
"I don't mind them celebrating but there is no need to run in front of someone's face and give them a send-off," Buttler said after the match.
Taking to Twitter, the fiery Stokes added: "Congrats to Bangladesh on the win tonight, outplayed us. What I won't stand for is someone putting a shoulder to my teammate at handshakes."
The ICC have now officially commented on those unsavoury scenes, warning Buttler for a level one breach that relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match".
Meanwhile, opposite number Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman have both been fined 20% of their match fees, having found to be in violation of article 2.1.7 that relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal". All three players admitted the charges and accepted their respective punishments.
"The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler's wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires' intervention," said ICC match referee Javagal Srinath. "We all want to see high intensity on the field of play, but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent."
This episode has only served to ramp up the tension ahead of the deciding ODI clash, which takes place in Chittagong on Wednesday. England, who then face two tour matches before beginning a three-Test series on 20 October, won the opener by 24 runs thanks largely to a stunning five-wicket haul from debutant Jake Ball.