Rabada, Dickwella fined for ICC breach

Kagiso Rabada (Gallo Images)
Kagiso Rabada (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella have both been fined 50 percent of their match fees after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth ODI in Cape Town on Tuesday.

According to the ICC website, the two players were found to have breached Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact".

The incident occured in the 12th over when the two players made contact with each other at the non-striker's end after the batsman had completed a single, which such contact being judged to have been avoidable.

Both the players admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Richie Richardson 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 Adrian Holdstock and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Shaun George.

In addition to the fines, three demerit points have been added to both Rabada and Dickwella's disciplinary records.

If Rabada and Dickwella reach four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and they will be banned.

Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 percent to 100 percent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.
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