During the first day of the third Test against England, South Africa’s premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match”. The charge relates to Rabada’s actions following the dismissal of Joe Root. After the day’s play, Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
In a 24-month period, Rabada has now picked up a total of four demerit points and therefore, he will have to a one-match ban for which he will have to miss the fourth and final Test match against England. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
In the past, Rabada has been fined on three different occasions due to his aggressive behaviour on the field. However, it was his previous three demerit points that took a pile on the right-arm fast bowler which he accumulated in the last 24 months.