New Delhi: Quinton de Kock was fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct during the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban. 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. There is no provision of an appeal for a first Level 1 offence as per Article 8 of the Code of Conduct. Also Read - 'What's More Important? Cricket or Dealing With Coronavirus?' - BCCI, ICC in Heated Dispute Over Tax Exemption
De Kock was found to have breached Article 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that brings the game into disrepute,” following an altercation with Australia vice-captain David Warner on Sunday, which was caught on CCTV. Also Read - ICC Men's T20 World Cup Under 'Very High Risk' of Being Postponed: Cricket Australia
In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to de Kock’s disciplinary record as it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. Also Read - ICC Board Defers Decision on T20 World Cup 2020 Till June 10 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees announced the decision on Wednesday after conducting a thorough disciplinary hearing with de Kock, who admitted to the offence but also appealed against the proposed sanction.
Earlier, Warner was fined 75 percent of his match fee and also handed three demerit points for his involvement in the incident.
Australia and South Africa are currently playing a 4-match test series with the second match scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth’s St. George’s Park on March 09.
(With ANI inputs)