KL Rahul fined 15% of match fee for breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct

ICC has added one demerit point to the disciplinary record of Rahul, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.

Indian opener KL Rahul has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval.

He did so in the 34th over of India’s second innings, when Rahul showed dissent on being adjudged caught behind the wicket following a DRS review.

The incident occurred during the England pacer James Anderson’s over when Rahul was dismissed at the score of 46. Initially, it was given not out by the on-field umpire but after England’s review, the replays showed an edge off the bat and then the decision was overturned. KL Rahul made his disapproval clear after the review gave him out. 

Rahul was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, according to the ICC, which relates to “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.”

In addition to the fine of 15% of his match fee, ICC has also added one demerit point to the disciplinary record of Rahul, for whom it was the first offence in 24 months.

The charges were levelled by the On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns.

Rahul admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.

As Rahul had admitted the offence there was no need for a formal hearing.

Rahul had conducted a Level 1 breach which carries a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

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