Sledging is something which has always taken the limelight in the game of cricket but that is something which should be restricted to the field. If not, without a conscious thought it brings a bad remark to the so-called gentleman game and the players like Virat Kohli, Rabada, David Warner and few other characters has been the repeated customers of involving in such circumstances.
In one of those scenarios, International Cricket Council handed a 2-match ban to Kagiso Rabada for involving in an altercation. However, the news didn’t taste better the former Proteas’ spinner, Paul Harris as he questioned ICC about the rules when Virat Kohli behaved in a similar way during India’s tour to South Africa.
Rabada was found guilty of Level 1 offence for giving a send-off to Australian deputy David Warner for which he was bestowed another demerit point. Prior to the second Test match, Rabada had five demerit points under his belt and now his tally of demerit points have gone to nine thus being the able person to get the ban.
Eight demerit points are enough to suspend a player from two Test matches and Rabada has handed over the suspension. The ICC number 1 rank bowler had also contested his hearing with Cricket South Africa but could not get away with the suspension. Rabada had to show that the contact with Smith was unintentional but Match referee Jeff Crowe said that he didn’t find any evidence that the contact was accidental.
The ongoing series between South Africa and Australia has been sparred with controversies and there have been five players who have been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. David Warner, Quinton de Kock, Nathan Lyon, Kagiso Rabada (twice) and Mitchell Marsh have all added to their misery.
Meanwhile, Paul Harris tweeted saying ”If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.”
Here is his tweet:
If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.
— paul harris (@paulharris12) March 12, 2018