Kagiso Rabada
Rabada in action | Picture: cricket.com.au

South Africa Kagiso Rabada was lambasted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday, and as a result, he will miss the upcoming fourth Test against England.

Rabada has also been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and has received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the opening day of the third Test against England in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

On day one, Rabada dismissed Joe Root, and then went on to celebrate in a very aggressive manner, and was also seen getting close to the England skipper.

He violated Article 2.5 of the ICC’s code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match”.

After Rabada’s suspension, former England skipper Michael Vaughan came out in support of the 24-year-old and expressed his dissent over the decision made taken by the ICC.

“After the suspension, former England skipper Michael Vaughan expressed his dissent with the ICC’s decision and tweeted: “Rabada getting a 1 game ban for celebrating taking the Wicket of the opponents best player is absolutely bonkers… Over rates & slow play, nothing gets done … Celebrate a wicket and you are banned … The World is bloody nuts … #SAvENG,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.

After stumps on day one, Rabada admitted the offence and expected the deterrent proposed by Andy Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

In a 24 month period. Rabada has now accumulated 4 demerit points, which the main reason for him being lambasted.

The deterrent was levelled by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford and
third umpire Joel Wilson as well as fourth umpire Allahudien Palleker.




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