Team India opener KL Rahul has been fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct on the third day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval. Rahul was found guilty of violating Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This article deals with expressing dissatisfaction with the decision of an umpire during an international match.
In addition, one demerit point has been added to Rahul’s disciplinary record. It was his first mistake in a span of 24 months. The matter pertains to the 34th over of India’s second innings on Saturday. When Rahul showed dissatisfaction with being caught behind the wicket after DRS. Jani Bairstow caught behind the wicket off James Anderson’s delivery. The on-field umpire gave him not out. Its England captain Joe Root took the review and the third umpire gave him out. Team India’s batsmen were unhappy on this decision. For this reason, action has been taken against them.
Rahul admitted his mistake and accepted the ban proposed by Chris Broad, the match referee of the ICC Elite Panel. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns charged. Explain that a Level 1 violation carries a minimum penalty of an official reprimand or a maximum fine of 50 percent of the player’s match fee and one or two demerit points.
When a player receives four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, it converts to suspension points and the player is banned. On receiving two suspension points, the player is banned from one Test or two ODIs or two T20 Internationals.