South African Captain Faf Du Plessis has questioned the integrity of ICC’s demerit system. South African Captain Du Plessis’s critics came after South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was labelled with two charges that will rule him out of the remaining two test matches of the 4-match Test series.
South Africa had contested the charge levelled at Rabada for his physical contact with Steve Smith. Rabada brushed shoulders with the Australian captain after dismissing him on day one of the second Test at St George’s Park, and Rabada was hit with a level two charge that carried three demerit points. He picked up another demerit point for giving David Warner a send-off on day three during Australia’s second innings.
We are going too far on the sensitive side, says Du Plessis
Speaking with the press in the post-match conference, South African skipper Du Plessis said we are going too far. “I think we’re just going too far on the sensitive side because every incident on the cameras is: ‘Did you see that? Did you see that? Did you see that?’ It’s Test cricket. We as a team have got no issues with the way the Australian team play their brand of cricket. It’s good for the game of Test cricket,” said du Plessis.
Both Davey and Rabada cases are entirely different, believes South African skipper
South African Captain also questioned the whole demerit system. “The charge against KG is a level 2 with three demerit points, and the charge against Davey is a level two with three demerit points. For me, if you look at those incidents, one is brushing off the shirt, the other is a lot more aggressive. My question was: why are both these incidents labelled the same? For me, they are not. The contact was very minimal, it was a shirt flick of two players and you would get one or two demerit points as a slap on the wrist because it wasn’t full body contact. But that’s where I’m sitting as a player, not as an official”, further adds Du Plessis.
The ICC’s demerit system was brought into use in September 2016. The entire idea behind it was to improve player behaviour towards the opponent. According to Du Plessis, the system is too rigid in the way that certain violations can only fall under a specific level of charge with particular punishments.