South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada seeking legal counsel after the fast bowler was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate” contact with Australia’s Steven Smith by match referee Jeff Crowe and suspended for two Test matches.
Rabada was fined 50% of his match fee and hit with three demerit points. He also accepted a level one charge for his send-off of David Warner on the third day of the Test, which added another demerit point to his record, which rose to nine demerit points. Eight points trigger a two-Test ban, which should rule Rabada out of the remainder of the Australia series.
However shortly after the ICC announced the decision, CSA confirmed that they were seeking legal counsel to weigh up an appeal, which would need to launched within 48 hours. Should Rabada appeal, the ICC would have 48 hours to appoint a judicial commissioner to hear the case. The hearing would then be held within seven days of the commissioner’s appointment.
Rabada had already contested the level two charge on the basis that the contact with Smith was accidental, but Crowe decided to go by the letter of the law.
Crowe said: He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental. It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted. I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso’s talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions.”
Watch Rabada’s spell here-