Rabada suspended for two Tests – here’s what CSA can do

Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for South Africa’s next two Test matches for being a bit naughty and a bit angry. But Cricket South Africa do have a few options…

The quick was found guilty of a Level 2 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct. That relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player”.

Rabada has also been fined 50% of his match fee and handed three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.

Because he has racked up eight demerit points in a 24-month period, he is automatically suspended for two Tests.

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If you wonder what all the fuss is about, it’s this little incident with Steve Smith.

Yeah, bit dramatic.

Rabada has accepted a second charge under 2.1.7 of the code – using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal.

He received a further 15% fine of his match fee and an additional demerit point bringing his total to nine.

Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees said:

“I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.

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“It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted.

“I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso’s talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions.”

The charges against Rabada and Marsh were levelled by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena, third umpire Sundaram Ravi and fourth umpire Bongani Jele.

What are South Africa’s options?
CSA and KG have 48 hours to appeal the decision by the ICC. At the moment they are seeking legal counsel on what decision to make.

If Rabada appeals he will still be suspended unless the Judicial Commissioner is appointed early and hears an argument to allow him to still compete whilst hearing is being sorted out.

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