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Rabada handed two-match ban for conduct breach

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paceman Rabada has been suspended for the next two Test matches against after being found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player".

He was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and picked up three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge, an International Council (ICC) statement said on Monday.

This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period automatically leading to a two-match suspension.

The incident happened in the 52nd over of Australia's first innings of the second Test, when moving towards the slips, Rabada made contact with Aussie with his shoulder on the opening day of the ongoing Test.

Announcing the verdict ICC match referee 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.

"I take no pleasure in seeing a suspended, particularly a of Kagiso's talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions," he added.

Rabada has accepted a second charge under 2.1.7 of the code -- using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal. He received a further 15 percent fine of his match fee and an additional demerit point bringing his total to nine.

Meanwhile, all-rounder has also been fined 20 per cent 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.

The charges against Rabada and Marsh were levelled by on-field umpires and Kumar Dharmasena, third umpire Sundaram Ravi and fourth umpire Bongani Jele.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 20:12 IST
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