Virat Kohli penalized for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been reprimanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a breach of conduct in the 2nd Test between South Africa and India in Centurion. He was found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct during the 3rd day of the Test for which he has been fined 25 percent of his match fee and also received one demerit point.

The penalty by was confirmed by ICC as Virat Kohli was found breaching the Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

What’s the incident?

On the 3rd day, during South Africa’s first innings, the final session was interrupted due to rain. The play resumed after almost an hour of break and the Indian captain wasn’t happy with the playing conditions. Kohli was complaining to the on-field umpires that the ball was getting wet due to the damp outfield.

The umpires didn’t agree with Kohli’s opinion and allowed the game to go on. Frustrated with umpire’s call, he threw the ball on the ground in an aggressive manner. The on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar reported the incident and consequently, the penalty was slapped on the 29-year-old.

Later on, Kohli admitted to the offence and accepted the penalty and hence, there was no official hearing. As per ICC rules, Level 1 breaches can lead to a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Virat Kohli has been aggressive throughout the series and was heard often on the stump mic trying to sledge the opposition. With a demerit point already imposed on him, he needs to be careful now as further demerit points can lead to a suspension as well.


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