Centurion: As the Indian cricket team continues to fight in the second Test to keep the series alive, International Cricket Council has fined skipper Virat Kohli for showing dissent and breaching the code of conduct.
The Indian skipper will lose 25 per cent of his match fee and received a demerit point for breaching Level 1 of ICC Code of Conduct.
The ICC, in its media release on Tuesday, said, “Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.” before adding, “Monday’s incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.”
“After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” continued cricket’s governing body.
“The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar,” said ICC.
“Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points,” concluded ICC....