South African middle order batsman Faf Du Plessis has been fined by the ICC, for breaching its code of conduct. The incident occurred in the fourth ODI against India at Chennai, when Du Plessis made his displeasure absolutely clear about his dismissal.

Du Plessis was caught behind on the bowling of Axar Patel, as the ball bounced and spun more than what Du Plessis had anticipated. Dhoni went up straight away and as the umpire gave Du Plessis his marching orders, he seemed flabbergasted and annoyed. As a result, he breached the ICC’s code of conduct and has been fined 15% of his match fee for showing dissent upon being given out.

Post the completion of the game, Du Plessis admitted to his Level One offence and accepted the fine imposed proposed by Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. However, there wasn’t any formal hearing for the matter. The charges were laid down by on-field umpires S.Ravi and C.Shamsuddin, and third umpire AK Chaudhary.

As per the ICC guidelines regarding the code of conduct, all Level One breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and/or a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee.

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