Radaba cops fine for Dhawan send-off

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Kagiso Rabada has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct for players during Tuesday’s ODI against India in Port Elizabeth.

The 22-year-old paceman received the sanction for the send-off he gave Shikhar Dhawan after he dismissed the India opener in the eighth over.

The Proteas fast bowler now has five demerit points on his disciplinary record after receiving three demerit points against Sri Lanka in a ODI in February last year and one demerit point during the Lord’s Test against England on 7 July 2017.

Rabada was subsequently suspended from the Trent Bridge Test against England after his accumulated demerit points reached four following the Lord’s breach.

If Rabada reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, he will be suspended again from either two Tests; one Test and two ODIs/T20Is; or four ODIs/T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.

As such, he was charged by the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Shaun George, third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Bongani Jele under article 2.1.7, 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”.

After the game, Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

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