The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has been found guilty of breaching the Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”
Along with the same, Kohli has also received one demerit point as it was his third offense since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. The Indian skipper now has three demerit points after having got one demerit point each during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018 and against Afghanistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on 22 June.
Sunday’s incident occurred in the fifth over of first innings, when Virat made contact with bowler Beuran Hendricks while taking a run. Kohli has acknowledged the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Nitin Menon and C K Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth match official Chettihody Shamshuddin leveled the charge. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. When a player receives four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned.
Two suspension points directly mean a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player. Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of two years from their imposition following which they will be expunged.
Coming to the game, It was a dominant performance from the visitors as they drew the series 1-1 with the first T20I being washed out. SA will next play a three-match Test series starting from October 2 in Vishakapatnam.