South African batsman Rilee Rossouw was found guilty of breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct during the second ODI against Bangladesh and was fined 50% of his match fees.
Rossouw had barged into Bangladesh’s opener Tamim Iqbal with his shoulder during the second ODI which the proteas lost quite badly by 7 wickets. The incident happened when Tamim was bowled in the very first over of Kagiso Rabada, who was the hero of the previous match. Rossouw while going into the South African team huddle seemed to have nudged Tamim’s left shoulder. Tamim clearly didn’t like it and pointed out to the on-field umpires.
According to the match referee David Boon, Rossouw was found to have breached Article 2.2.7 of the code, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match”. It also adds that “without limitation, players will breach this regulation if they deliberately walk or run into or shoulder another player”. The South African batsman accepted the charges and the punishment laid out and hence there was no formal hearing for the breach.
David Boon, former Australian player and the match referee, was quoted as saying, “Rilee was very mature in discussions relating to the charge. He felt it was inappropriate but not deliberate, an explanation to which I agreed. However, there is no place for any form of physical contact in our game and such actions should be punished.”
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