Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for one Test and fined 15% of his match fee after breaching the ICC code of conduct in South Africa’s ongoing first Test against England at Lord’s. Rabada will now miss the second Test against England, which will be played at Trent Bridge from July 14.
The incident took place on the first day of the Test when Rabada used inappropriate language after dismissing Ben Stokes, “which were audible over the stump microphones and also resulted in the batsman to turn before walking off the field”, said the ICC in a statement.
The breach, relating to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match” meant Rabada’s accumulated demerit points reached four within a 24-month period, resulting in the punishment.
The ICC added that the bowler had admitted to his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe, the match referee, after the charges were levelled by on-field umpires Paul Reiffel and S Ravi along with Simon Fry, the third umpire, and Rob Bailey, the reserve umpire.
Rabada had earlier received a 50% fine and three demerit points in a One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Cape Town in February this year.
With the addition of the latest demerit point, he has reached the threshold of four demerit points, which is equivalent to two suspension points, which in turn equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two Twenty20 Internationals, whichever comes first.
The four demerit points will remain on Rabada’s disciplinary record and should he reach the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into four suspension points. In such a scenario, he will be banned from one Test and two ODIs or two T20Is, two Tests or four ODIs or four T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.
In the ongoing Test, Rabada returned figures of 3 for 123 as England amassed 458 runs in their first innings. South Africa in reply were 214 for 5, with Rabada batting on 9 along with Temba Bavuma (48).