India skipper Virat Kohli has been fined 25% of his match fee for questioning umpire decision during the third day’s play of second Test against South Africa in Centurion.
Throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner as angst against the umpire Michael Gough was marked as the rude behavior of Indian captain Virat Kohli by International Cricket Council (ICC). In a statement, ICC said that Indian captain has breached ICC Code of Conduct.
“Indian captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25% of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday,” ICC said in a statement.
The incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings on January 15 when Kohli continuously complained to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.
Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”
After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third and fourth umpires Richard Kettle borough and Allahudien Palekar respectively.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.