As if the previous charges and demerit points on him was not enough, South Africa speedster Kagiso Rabada has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) once more on Monday (March 11). The 22-year-old paceman was found guilty of giving send-off to Australia vice-captain David Warner during the third day of the second Test at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth on Sunday (March 11).
Rabada was hit with a Level 1 offence for screaming in the face of Warner having castled the Aussie opener for just 13. A Level 1 offence carries a maximum fine of 50 percent match fee and two demerit points with it.
Kagiso Rabada has been reported for a level 1 offence for the send-off given to David Warner during the third day of the Port Elizabeth Test. He has yet to respond to the charges. Details to follow in due course via the usual channels.— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) March 12, 2018
It is pertinent to mention here that Rabada is already facing a possible suspension of two Tests after making shoulder contact with Australia skipper Steve Smith on Friday (March 9). If he is cleared for the Smith incident by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, Rabada would not face suspension if given the maximum two demerit point penalty.
For making shoulder contact with Australian captain, Rabada had been charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC code of conduct. The Level 2 offence can warrant up to four demerit points which result in an automatic suspension of one Test or two limited-overs internationals, whichever comes first.
Since Rabada is already carrying five demerit points, he is likely to breach the eight-point mark after the hearing. Moreover, a worst scenario for Rabada following his charges from this Test would leave the 22-year-old with 11 demerit points, including seven that would stay with him for the next 23 months.
Following the third day’s play, Proteas batting maverick AB de Villiers has urged the young pacer to be a bit smarter.
"He's got to be smarter and he knows that. I don't know what is going to happen to him after this Test but if he is around for the next Test match I think he would have learned from his mistakes. There was a lot of emotion from that last Test match going into this one and once again as a fast bowler you want to prove things to people and you want to show everyone you belong on this stage," de Villiers told reporters.
"I think it's up to some of our senior guys to just help him. It's important to some of the players to get around him before he's close(enough) to a batter to tell him 'you know what? I just got you out'. That's what it basically comes down to, except with more emotion. He wants to tell him 'I just won that battle'. I would've been the same," he added.