Kohli fined for reacting over umpire’s decision


India’s hero against Pakistan, Virat Kohli, has been fined 30% of his match fee for breaching level 1 of the ICC code of conduct. He is accused of breaking Article 2.1.5 of ICC’s Code of Conduct for Player and Player Personnel Support. The following article deals with “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.

Virat was given LBW off a Mohammad Sami’s delivery when he was batting on 49 runs, despite of a big inside edge. He first showed his bat to the umpire after he was given out and was looking back at saying something about the decision while walking off the field. It is seen against the spirit of the game.

Kohli admitted his act on Sunday and also accepted the fine imposed on him by Jeff Crowe, who was performing the duties of match referee in the all important Indo-Pak clash. However, Jeff Crowe, who belongs to the Elite Panel of Match Referees, didn’t ask for any formal hearing from the Indian batting star.

The two standing umpires, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Sharfuddoula, third umpire Enamul Haque and fourth official Anisur Rahman complained about the incident to the match referee.

The punishment for all level 1 breaches is from an official warning to a maximum of 50 percent of the match fee.

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