Indian batsman KL Rahul has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching its code of Conduct. The opener will have to give away 15% of his match fee to ICC as a fine. Rahul has been penalised for breaching Level 1 of the ICC code of conduct under Article 2.8 which relates to “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.”
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So what did KL Rahul did that resulted in him being penalised? Well, in the 34th over of India’s second innings of the ongoing 4th test between India and England, KL Rahul showed defiance or disagreement on being ruled caught behind by the TV Umpire following an review.
The charges were levelled upon by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf and third umpire Michael Gough. KL Rahul has reportedly accepted the charges.
In fines under Level 1 breaches, the player can be fined up to 50% of his match fee and an addition of 1 or 2 demerit points can be implemented. However, in KL Rahul’s case, it was just a mere 15% fine and an addition of one demerit point. The demerit point is valid only for a period of 24-months following which they are expunged.
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KL Rahul started off the ongoing England test series at an all time high and he was India’s best batsman for the first two matches. However, the 29-year old experienced a dip in form after that and has been poor in the next two matches. Rahul will definitely look to make a comeback in the 5th and final match of the series which might very well prove to be the series decider if the 4th test is tied as well.