CSA appoint top advocate to lead Rabada appeal

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have appointed Advocate Daluxolo (Dali) Mpofu SC to lead Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against the code of conduct finding by the ICC during the second Test between the Proteas and Australia in Port Elizabeth.

Rabada has been banned for the final two Tests of the four-match series, which is level at 1-1, after being found guilty of a level two charge for brushing Steve Smith’s shoulder after dismissing the Australia captain during the first innings at St George’s Park.

Rabada picked up four demerit points in total in the Port Elizabeth Test which took him to nine with eight points constituting a two-game ban.

CSA are only appealing the three demerits points given to Rabada for making contact with Smith’s shoulder, saying it was accidental.

Mpofu is known for his work in dealing with significant cases but has his work cut out to get Rabada off.

CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said in a statement: “We have appointed Advocate Mpofu to handle Kagiso’s case.

“He is a highly experienced advocate who was appointed by the President to serve on the Judicial Service Commission last year.”

As the matter is sub judice, neither CSA nor its legal team will be making any further comment.

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