ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined 25 percent of match fee, handed one demerit point for excessive appealing

Virat Kohli is found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to 'Excessive appealing during an International Match' during their match against Afghanistan.

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 23, 2019 14:46:42 IST

India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of ICC Code of Conduct during the match against Afghanistan. Played at Rose Bowl in Southampton, Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”, said the global cricket body in a media release.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli fined 25 percent of match fee, handed one demerit point for excessive appealing

Virat Kohli has been fined for excessive appealing in the 29th over of India's win against Afghanistan in Southampton. (Reuters)

The incident occurred in the 29th over of Afghanistan's chase when Kohli advanced towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner when appealing an lbw decision. On the first ball of the 29th over, with Rahmat Shah on the strike, the Indian players went up in unison for a leg before appeal. After India's loud appeal was turned down, the crowd turned on the umpire as well and there were jeers. On the replay, it showed that Rahmat was beaten on the inside edge, struck on the back pad and going on to clip leg stump. If India had reviewed, it would have been umpire's call and the decision would have been not out.

Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Chris Broad, and there was no need for a formal hearing.

Additionally, one demerit point has been added to Kohli's disciplinary record. It was his second offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.

Kohli now has two demerit points on his record after having got one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018.

As per the ICC rules, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, or a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Demerit points stay on a player's disciplinary record for a period of 24 months from their imposition following which they are expunged. If a player collections four or more demerit points in this period, they are converted into suspension points. Two suspension points then lead to a ban of one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first for the player.

In a closely fought contest, India went on to beat Afghanistan by 11 runs and remain unbeaten in the tournament. Their next fixture is against West Indies on 27 June.

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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2019 14:46:42 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254