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South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and given a demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the fifth ODI against India in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
The incident occurred in the eighth over of India’s innings when Rabada dismissed India opener Shikhar Dhawan. Upon doing so, the ICC statement said the 22-year-old “waved at the departing batsman and also made a comment which could have resulted in a reaction from the batsman”.
As a result, Rabada was deemed to have violated Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, 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”.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Ian Gould and Shaun George, third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Bongani Jele.
Since Rabada accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft, there will be no need for a formal hearing.
Rabada now has five demerit points on his record after receiving three following an ODI against Sri Lanka in February last year. He was handed another demerit point during a Test match against England at Lord’s in July that same year.
The Johannesburg native was subsequently banned for the Test match against England in Nottingham.
Should he accumulate eight or more demerit points within a two-year period, he will be banned for two Tests, one Test and two ODIs/T20Is, or four ODIs/T20Is, depending on whichever comes first.
India won the fifth ODI by 73 runs and subsequently made history by winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series in South Africa. They now hold an unassailable 4-1 series lead going into the sixth and final ODI in Centurion on February 16.