England series: K.L. Rahul fined for showing dissent at umpire’s decision

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) fined India opener K.L. Rahul 15% of his match fee for dissent on the third day of the fourth Test against England at the Oval on Sunday.

According to an ICC news statement, Rahul violated “Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel,” which prohibits “showing dissatisfaction at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.”

Rahul’s response after being dismissed in the second innings of the fourth Test on Saturday prompted the ICC action. When Rahul was on 46, he edged a delivery from James Anderson to Jonny Bairstow. While the umpire first declared it not out, England appealed, and replays revealed an edge, resulting in Rahul’s dismissal.

When Rahul walked away, he appeared displeased and shook his head.

In addition to the punishment, Rahul’s disciplinary record was docked one demerit point because it was his first offence in a 24-month period. The ICC statement said, “Rahul admitted the offence and accepted 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. 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 levelled the charges.”

When a player accumulates four or more demerit points in a 24-month period, the points are converted to suspension points, and the player is banned, according to ICC rules.

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