Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

ICC fines Kohli for show­ing dis­sent

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent sportsdesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Vi­rat Kohli was on Tues­day fined 25 per­cent of his match fee and re­ceived one de­merit point for show­ing dis­sent on Day 3 of the sec­ond Test against South Africa.

Kohli breached Ar­ti­cle 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Con­duct for Play­ers and Player Sup­port Per­son­nel, which re­lates to “con­duct that is con­trary to the spirit of the game”.

“The in­ci­dent took place in the 25th over of South Africa’s sec­ond in­nings when Kohli con­tin­ued to com­plain to um­pire Michael Gough about the ball be­ing af­fected by a damp out­field fol­low­ing a rain de­lay, be­fore throw­ing the ball to the ground in an ag­gres­sive man­ner,” the ICC said in a state­ment.

“Af­ter the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the of­fence and ac­cepted the sanc­tion pro­posed by Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Ref­er­ees and, as such, there was no need for a for­mal hear­ing.”

The charge was lev­elled by on-field um­pires Michael Gough and Paul Reif­fel, third um­pire Richard Ket­tle­bor­ough and fourth um­pire Al­lahu­dien Palekar.

Level 1 breaches carry a min­i­mum penalty of an of­fi­cial rep­ri­mand, a max­i­mum penalty of 50 per­cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two de­merit points.

Kohli has been wear­ing his heart on his sleeve, fiercely cel­e­brat­ing ev­ery fall of wicket and even his own gutsy cen­tury. How­ever, South Africa pacer Morne Morkel played it down on Mon­day by say­ing that they are not get­ting too worked up see­ing Kohli’s re­ac­tions that al­most border on be­ing in­flam­ma­tory at times.

 ?? AFP ?? Kohli had com­plained about ball get­ting wet in damp out­field.
AFP Kohli had com­plained about ball get­ting wet in damp out­field.

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