KL Rahul penalised for violating the ICC Code of Conduct

KL Rahul, the Indian opener who was removed for 46 in the second innings at The Oval on Saturday, was fined 15% of his match fee for breaking Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct on the third day of the fourth Test against England.

In the 34th over of the Indian innings, the third umpire adjudged Rahul caught behind after snicko demonstrated a distinct spike as the ball passed his bat. The judgement was overturned by the on-field umpire, who had originally signalled ‘not out,’ but the opener was dissatisfied with the call and communicated his displeasure on his way back to the pavilion.

KL Rahul produced a fantastic 46 runs in India’s second innings against England at the Oval, as he and Rohit Sharma provided the team a strong start and virtually single-handedly erased the team’s 99-run deficit. On the morning of day three, though, he was dismissed 4 runs short of a spectacular half-century. Rahul was judged to have violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which prohibits players and player support personnel from “expressing dissatisfaction at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.”

In addition, Rahul’s disciplinary record has been updated with one demerit point, as this was his first transgression in a 24-month period. Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees requested the sanction, which was approved by the ICC Cricket Operations Department.

There was no need for a formal hearing because Rahul recognised his error. The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough, and fourth official Mike Burns. A minimum punishment of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points apply to Level 1 violations.