South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was found guilty of violating International Cricket Council’s code of conduct. Tahir was slapped with a fine of 30 percent of his match fees and he also earned himself two demerit points for violating the ICC code of conduct during the fifth one-day international against Australia in Cape Town on the 12th of October.
ICC in a press release said that Tahir had violated Article 2.1.1 which deals with the conduct of player contrary to the spirit of the game. The press release further added that “in accordance with “ the Article 7.3 of revised code which was put into force on the 22nd of September two demerit points have also been put into Tahir’s disciplinary record. These demerits points which are put on Tahir will stay with him for 2 years. If Tahir earns two more demerit points during that period, then the four demerit points will transform into a minimum of two suspension points which will lead to South African leg-spinner being banned for two matches. According to the ICC rules, if a player gets two suspension points, these two points will translate into a ban for one Test or two ODIs or Two Twenty20 internationals for the player.
In the fifth one-dayer against Australia, in the 38th over batsman David Warner didn’t get out to a very close LBW call from Tahir. Following this, the South African leg-spinner had a heated verbal fight with the Australian batsman. Tahir also showed his disrespect to the two on-field umpires by ignoring their request to stop the verbal exchange. ICC took notice of his conduct and regarded it be contrary to the ‘spirit of the game’.
Current South African Skipper for ODIs and Twenty20s Faf du Plessis too incurred the displeasure of ICC. He was also imposed a fine of 20 percent of his match fees while the other players of the team were slapped a fine of 10 percent for slower over rate.
According to the press release of ICC, for the minor over-rate offences ICC found the players and the skipper violating the Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Hence, going by the rules, ICC has fined 10 percent of the players’ fees and the skipper was fined double that amount. The ICC press release further stated that if the South African team further violates and commits another over-rate breach in another ODI within one year, du Plessis as the captain, will be considered to commit the over-rate offence for the second time and will be slapped with a one-match ban.