ICC reprimands Virat Kohli for misbehaving with African player
Indian captain Virat Kohli was given an official warning during the third T20 International cricket match against South Africa to pounce on pacer Buren Buren Hendrix and added a 'demerit' mark to his account. Kohli was found guilty of Level 1 violation of the ICC Code of Conduct in a match played on Sunday.
"Kohli was found guilty of violating Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and support staff," the ICC said in a statement. This article deals with inappropriate physical contact with a player, player support staff, umpire, match referee or any other person (including spectators) during an international match.The incident happened in the fifth over of the Indian innings on Sunday when Kohli hit his shoulder with bowler Buren Hendrix while taking runs.
According to the ICC, a 'demerit' mark has also been added to Kohli's account. This is Kohli's third offense after the revised code was implemented in September 2016. Kohli now has three 'demerit' points. He also got one 'demerit' mark during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018 and the World Cup match against Afghanistan on 22 June 2019.
If Kohli gets one more demerit point, he may have to face a test or two ODIs or two T20 matches. According to ICC rules, if they get four or more demerit points within 24 months, they convert to suspension marks.
The statement said the Indian captain had accepted his mistake and the punishment of match referee Richie Richardson and therefore no formal hearing was required. He was charged by on-field umpires Nitin Menon and CK Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth umpire C Shamsuddin.
Level 1 violations include a minimum penalty of official reprimand and a penalty of 50 percent of the maximum player's match fees and one or two demerit points