Rabada in hot wa­ter again

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@the­newage.co.za

PROTEAS fast bowler Kag­iso Rabada was found guilty of breach­ing the ICC player’s con­duct dur­ing the fifth ODI against In­dia in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Rabada was fined 15% of his match fee and re­ceived one de­merit point after a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Con­duct for Play­ers and Player Sup­port Per­son­nel. He now has five de­merit points on his dis­ci­plinary record after he re­ceived three against Sri Lanka in an ODI match and one in the Lord’s Test against Eng­land, both last year.

This fol­lows Rabada’s re­ac­tion where he waved and made a provoca­tive com­ment to­wards In­dia’s Shikhar Dhawan after the South African bowler had dis­missed the bats­man. He was charged by the on-field um­pires Ian Gould and Shaun Ge­orge‚ third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Bon­gani Jele un­der ar­ti­cle 2.1.7 which re­lates to “using lan­guage‚ ac­tions or ges­tures which dis­par­age or which could pro­voke an ag­gres­sive re­ac­tion from a bats­man upon his/her dis­missal dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional match”.

Rabada was sus­pended from the Trent Bridge Test against Eng­land after his de­merit points reached four fol­low­ing the Lord’s breach. If Rabada reaches the next thresh­old of eight or more de­merit points within a 24-month pe­riod, he will be sus­pended again from ei­ther two Tests, one Test and two ODIs/T20Is, or four ODIs/T20Is, which­ever comes first.

Kag­iso Rabada

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