- The ICC has penalised Virat Kohli for aggressively ‘arguing’ with umpire Aleem Dar.
- The incident in the second innings of the India vs Afghanistan match.
- This is Virat Kohli's second such offence...
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has penalised Team India captain Virat Kohli for aggressively ‘arguing’ with umpire Aleem Dar during the World Cup match between India and Afghanistan on Saturday. India won the tightly contested game by 11 runs.
Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee with the accusation of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. More precisely, he was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states that “Excessive appealing during an International Match” is an offense.
On-field umpires Aleem Dar along with Richard Illingworth, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth official Michael Gough all levelled the charges against the Indian skipper.
The incident in question occurred in the 29th over of the second innings, after Virat Kohli advanced towards umpire Aleem Dar in seemingly aggressive manner while appealing an lbw decision.
According to an ICC media release, “Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, and as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.”
Apart from the match fee, the skipper will also see one demerit point being added to his disciplinary record. This is the second time that such an incident has happened with Kohli. He was charged with a similar offence during the Test against South Africa on January 15, 2018.
As a result, he has now has two demerit points to his name since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.
As for India, it was a merry evening on Saturday, having defeated Afghanistan by 11 runs. The victory also saw them jump to the third spot ahead of England who surprisingly lost out against Sri Lanka. The Men in Blue, who are still unbeaten in the tournament, have 9 points from five games. Fellow unbeaten side, New Zealand, are at the top with 11 points.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 22, 2019