Twitterverse hail ICC’s move to uplift ban on Kagiso Rabada

Earlier, Rabada was banned for two matches.

Kagiso Rabada & Steve Smith - Michael Vaughan
Kagiso Rabada celebrates Steve Smith’s wicket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently revoked their two-Test match ban imposed on South African speedster Kagiso Rabada. Rabada was found guilty of making a deliberate physical contact with the Australian captain Steve Smith during the second Test match against the Aussies. After the game, he was handed three demerit points for his breach in the code of conduct.

Well, the demerit points were not the only imposition on Kagiso Rabada. He was also handed a fine of fifty per cent of his match fees. The addition of three demerit points to his existing tally of demerit points in the period of last 24 months had equated to a two-Test match ban. The cricket fraternity were utterly unimpressed by the ICC’s move.

Following the ban, Kagiso Rabada decided to appeal against the same. His appeal was against the ban of two Test matches. There was a revised hearing done on the issue and the board decided to overturn their decision. As per the reports, the ICC reduced the demerit points handed to Rabada from three points to just one point.

This, in essence, saved Rabada from getting a two match ban. Furthermore, his fine was also reduced from 50 per cent of his match fees to just 25 per cent of the match fees. A statement from the International Cricket Council said Rabada had “been found not guilty of the charge of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” and instead been “found guilty of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

Kagiso Rabada is now set to feature in the remaining two fixtures of the ongoing 4-match Test series. Commenting on the plight of the series, Australia had won the first Test in Durban to jolt the hosts. In the second Test, Rabada’s 11-wicket haul in the match gave South Africa a series leveling win. The series stands 1-1 at the moment with two more matches to be played.

Here is how the fans reacted to the ICC’s revised decision: