South Africa's Kagiso Rabada cleared to face Australia after ban is overturned

Tanya Simon
March 20, 2018

In his judgment, Heron said that he was not satisfied that Rabada's physical contact with Smith matched the "inappropriate and deliberate" definition covered by the ICC code of conduct. He was charged with Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for making inappropriate and deliberate physical conduct.

He was fined a further 15 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point. This brings the player's demerit points to a cumulated total of 7 and he is free to play with immediate effect.

But after an appeal against the ruling, Rabada was found not guilty. I consider the conduct was inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact.

Rabada had previously accepted a second charge of "using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal" following an incident involving Australia opener David Warner in the second Test. "We want to see the game played with skill, passion and respect for the opposition, the match officials and the laws".

It means the 22-year-old will retain his place in South Africa's XI for the third Test, which starts in Cape Town on Thursday.

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Interestingly, if reports are to be believed, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was supposed to flag-off the yatra . DMK leader Stalin in a statement demanded that the state government "forthwith ban the yatra being undertaken by the VHP".

The outcome has huge ramifications on the contest between the two teams, which resumes at Newlands on Thursday with the series now hanging in the balance at 1-1.

South African fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, will be able to participate in the third Test match against Australia in the ongoing Test series after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made a decision to overturn its ban handed to him before.

Rabada had been found guilty of a level two offence by match referee Jeff Crowe in the wake of the match, imposing a sanction of three demerit points that triggered a two-Test ban.

South African squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen (wkt), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

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