Legal Correspondent: Samiksha Anil Malvade
5th September 2021: Key Indian cricket player KL Rahul has been penalized and fined for 15 per cent of his match fee for violating Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval. Rahul had violated Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel which talks about “showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.” Furthermore, a single demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Rahul. This is his first offense in the last 24 months. Rahul accepted offence and agreed to the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. The need for a formal hearing did not arise.
The general rules for points of demerit in the ICC code of conduct states that, when a player has four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, the points are considered as suspension points and the player is banned for games. Two suspension points lead to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is. Demerit Points will stay on a Player or Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their actions and hearing, after which they will be erased.
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