In the Test series being played between South Africa and England, South Africa Team has suffered a major setback. The third match of the four-Test series is being played in Port Elizabeth. On the very first day of the match, South African bowler Kagiso Rabada became aggressive while celebrating the wicket of England captain Joe Root. For this, he has been given a demerit point and 15% penalty of match fees as punishment. Due to which Rabada has been banned from one Test match.
Rabada was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC code of conduct for “using foul language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his / her dismissal during an International Match”. Rabada was particularly animated when he beat Root for pace and bowled him in the evening session on day one. In his follow-through, Rabada advanced close to Root, who was walking off, and screamed at him and the stumps. Rabada was quickly swamped by team-mates Rassie van der Dussen and Pieter Malan before the rest of the team surrounded him.
After the first day of the match, Kagiso Rabada confessed his crime and also accepted the punishment given by ICC Elite Panel match referee Andy Pycroft. In such a case, there will be no hearing in this case. The surprising thing is that 4 demerit points have been added to Kagiso Rabada’s account in 24 months. In such a situation, he is banned from the next Test match.