Temba Bavuma Reprimanded For Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Conduct During 1st T20I vs Ireland
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Temba Bavuma Reprimanded For Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Conduct During 1st T20I vs Ireland

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR
Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR

Temba Bavuma has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide on Monday.

The South African skipper was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to the “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”

Temba Bavuma
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma plays a shot. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Temba Bavuma Admits Offence Of Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Code Of Conduct

Article 2.3 covers the use of words commonly known and understood to be offensive, obscene and/or profane (in any language) and which can be heard by the spectators and/or the viewing public whether by way of the stump-microphone or otherwise.

This conduct may include, for example, swearing in frustration at one’s own play or fortune. In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of skipper Temba Bavuma, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period. The incident occurred in the sixth over of South Africa’s innings, when Temba Bavuma used an audible obscenity on being adjudged caught behind.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: twitter

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations and so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Alan Neill and Mark Hawthorne, third umpire Rolland Black and fourth official Paul Reynolds levelled the charge against the South African skipper.

Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged.

Ireland Lost Against South Africa By 33 Runs In The 1st T20I

Ireland lost its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

Quinton de Kock made 20 off 11 until he mistimed to mid-off. Captain Temba Bavuma tried reverse sweeping only to edge behind at 44-3. There were 26 more balls without a boundary. Rassie van der Duren went for 25 off 18. Top scorer Aiden Markram added his 39 off 30 and was stumped at 115-5.

Ireland medium-pacer Mark Adair had a well deserved 3-22 off three overs before he was given the ball for the last over, which South Africa started on 147-8. Kagiso Rabada hit the first four deliveries to the boundary and 17 came from the morale-boosting over.

Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images

At 46-5 in the eighth over, it was all but over, but the end was dragged out to 132-9. The first of three T20s wasn’t competitive, surprisingly so after a thrilling one-day international series that was drawn 1-1 last week.

Ireland delayed the outcome by playing out its quota of overs in losing its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs at Malahide. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

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