Virat Kohli, World Cup 2019
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been fined with 25% of his match fees for ‘excessive appealing’ during the match between India and Afghanistan on Saturday. 

The incident occurred during the 29th over of Afghanistan innings, when Kohli advanced himself towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner when appealing for a lbw (leg-before-wicket) decision.

According to ICC, Virat Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”

“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”, an International Cricket Council (ICC)  release said.

It was a breach of Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which carries a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, and a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Virat Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.

“Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” ICC media release read.

What does the rule say? 

According to the rule, if a player reaches four or more demerits points within the 24-month period, then these points are converted into suspension points. If a player is docked with two suspension points then it translates into a ban from one Test, two ODIs or two T20s, whichever comes first for him. Demerit points remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of 24 months from their imposition following which they will be expunged.

Virat Kohli has now two demerit points after he got one on January 15, 2018 during the Test against South Africa.

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