Rilee Rossouw found guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct
The ICC has found Rilee Rossouw guilty of breaching Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct, after he was involved in a shoulder-barging incident with Tamim Iqbal during the second ODI in Mirpur. The ICC will announce their decision on Friday.
The incident in question occurred after Tamim was bowled off an inside edge during Kagiso Rabada’s first over. Rossouw, who was walking towards the huddle that had gathered around Rabada near the broken stumps, went across Tamim and appeared to nudge his left shoulder. Tamim immediately pointed this out to the umpires, who possibly missed the incident as they were looking to retrieve the ball from the bowler.
According to the ICC Code of Conduct, Article 2.2.7 relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match”. It also adds that “without limitation, players will breach this regulation if they deliberately walk or run into or shoulder another player”.
@OfficialCSA Rilee Rossouw found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.7 of ICC Code of Conduct…Decision to be announced on Tuesday
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Later, Farhaan Behardien, who was the last person to walk past Tamim before Rossouw, said that there was no malice intended from the fielder but admitted there was a lot of “heat” between the two sides. Immediately after the incident, the broadcasters showed three replays from the same angle.
“There was a bit of heat in the game and also when we were batting, especially when Kagiso was batting. We are all men you know. It’s international sport cricket with lots of distortion floating around,” Behardien said. “I think he (Rossous) was just running through to KG (Kagiso Rabada) to congratulate him for the wicket. He didn’t even look at Tamim. Hopefully the umpires will see that there were no malice.
“Tamim maybe walked off a bit slowly, maybe disappointed and he reacted and the umpire saw it. Maybe a big meal was made of it, more than what should have been.”
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