While South Africa finding it difficult to find apt replacements of their premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in the next two Test matches against Australia, former cricketer Paul Harris has found himself in the middle of an unwanted dispute after he commented on the behavior of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Harris tweeted about Virat while talking about Rabada’s suspension by the ICC, which will see him miss two Test matches against Australia. Harris tweeted, “I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.”
If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.
— paul harris (@paulharris12) March 12, 2018
Rabada will have his appeal against a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct heard on Monday 19 March, the ICC said in a statement on Friday. He was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” after leaning with his shoulder into Steve Smith when he dismissed the Australia captain in the first innings of South Africa’s six-wicket win in the second test in Port Elizabeth. The result leveled the four-match series at 1-1.
The 22-year-old, who registered phenomenal bowling figures of 11-150 in the game, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight demerit points and because of that he was automatically suspended by two Tests.
However, Rabada later pleaded against the guilty verdict handed to him by the ICC for breaching their code of conduct in a last-ditch bid to be able to play in the rest of the gripping series against Australia.
Talking to the reporters about the match, Rabada said, “If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn’t have gone to contest (the charge). I didn’t even feel contact at that moment because I was so pumped up.”