JOHANNESBURG - Cricket SA (CSA) and Kagiso Rabada will seek legal advice after the Proteas fast bowler on Monday was suspended for the final two Tests of South Africa’s Test series against Australia.
Rabada was found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player’ after an incident with Steve Smith during Australia’s first innings.
“If I do get banned, I’ll have to see it as a big learning curve and not keep ‘repeating the same mistakes’ in the eyes of the umpires. I’m not happy about it, but time moves on.” @KagisoRabada25 #SAvAUS #ProteaFire #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/3UNbmZeQGl— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 12, 2018
He has received a fine of 50 percent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.
“CSA and KG (Rabada) have 48 hours to appeal the decision by the ICC,” said Proteas media manager Lerato Malekutu.
“At the moment they (CSA)are seeking legal counsel on what decision to make. If KG appeals he will still be suspended unless the Judicial Commissioner is appointed early and hears an argument to allow him to still compete whilst hearing is being sorted out.”
Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been fined 20 percent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for a level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the Code which pertains to “using language or gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match.”
Marsh accepted the charge and no formal hearing was needed.
Jeff Crowe of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees said: “I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.
“It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted.
Kagiso Rabada feels he did nothing wrong to earn a two-match suspension from the International Cricket Council. He will now miss the rest of the series for accumulating eight demerit points within 24 months. Rabada's demerit history on @eNCASport. Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/pyBnqtznwh— eNCASport (@eNCASport) March 13, 2018
“I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso’s talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions.”
The charges against Rabada and Marsh were levelled by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena, third umpire Sundaram Ravi and fourth umpire Bongani Jele.
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