South Africa’s fast bowler Vernon Philander has been fined for breaching the Level 1 of the ICC code of conduct in the ongoing fourth Test match against England at the Wanderers. Philander who is playing his last Test match for the Proteas has been fined 15% of his match for using inappropriate language after dismissing England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler.
Furthermore, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of the South African for the period of the next 24 months. The incident happened in the 85th over of the England innings when Philander got the better off Jos Buttler and gave him a send-off by using inappropriate language.
Philander is all set to bid adieu.
ICC said in a media release, “Philander was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”
Philander admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, thus, there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Joel Wilson, third umpire Rod Tucker and fourth official Allahdien Palekar came up the charges.
Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
Meanwhile, Vernon Philander is playing his swansong for South Africa. The talisman pacer snared two wickets and conceded 50 runs in the 20 overs he bowled in the first innings. Philander has had an outstanding career as he has scalped 224 wickets in the 64 Test matches he has played. Earlier in the same ongoing match, Ben Stokes dealt the same fine by the ICC for an altercation with a spectator.
ICC also states, *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.