South African pace super head Kagiso Rabada have been banned by ICC for the next test match between South Africa and England. Kagiso Rabada was found guilty of breach of Code of Conduct and was also fined 15% of the match fees along with one match suspension.
The South African bowler breached ICC code of conduct when he celebrated the wicket of England test captain Joe Root on the first day of ongoing test between South Africa and England at Port Elizabeth. Rabada gave animated send off to the England captain and used abusive language thus accumulating one demerit point from ICC. ICC found him guilty of breach of 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”.
Kagiso Rabada previously had three demerit points against his name and with this point he accumulated four demerit points which were enough to ban him from one international test match. Rabada was handed those three demerit points back in 2018 and 2017. The bad-tempered bowler gained two demerit points in 2018 Test series against Australia, which culminated in the Australia ball-tampering scandal and third in the same year after the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.
However, this is not the first time he has been handed one match suspension from ICC. He was also banned on South Africa’s tour of England back in 2017, when he missed the second Test at Trent Bridge due to suspension.
Here are a couple of clips showing the incident that led to his ban:
🗞️ Kagiso #Rabada has received one demerit point and a fine worth 15% of his match fee for his celebration after taking the wicket of Joe Root.
🟥He will therefore miss the next #SAvsENG Test.
😯 Harsh. pic.twitter.com/vbZGSYdnvy
— PEAK (@ThePeakSA) January 17, 2020
Swing – 😎
Pace – 💪
Accuracy – 💯
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 16, 2020
Coming onto the match, England have posted a mammoth score of 499-9d in the first innings after the centuries from Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope. In reply, South African opening batsman were solid at the start of the innings as they scored 50-0 at the time of writing the news.