Virat Kohli fined for breach of ICC code of conduct

Cricket - India v South Africa - Second Test match - Centurion Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa - January 15, 2018. India’s Virat Kohli celebrates after Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of South Africa’s Hashim Amla. REUTERS/James Oatway

Virat Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of 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. The India captain also received one demerit point for the offence.

“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,” the released a statement saying.

The incident which led to the Kohli’s reprimand occurred in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings. This was after rain had delayed play for some time but the wet outfield remained a cause of concern for the Indian skipper. Kohli continued to complain 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.

“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 statement added.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.

Meanwhile, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. However, this is not the first time that Kohli has been hauled up for a similar offence. A couple of years ago, in the Asia Cup, Kohli was fined 30 percent of his match-fee after showing dissent to the umpire for declaring him out.

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