South Africa batsman Rilee Rossouw has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the second One-Day International against Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday. The 25-year-old batsman was found to have breached Article 2.2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match.” Rossouw pleaded guilty to the charge laid by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and the subsequent penalty was accepted without the need for a formal hearing.
The incident happened in the 2nd over of the Bangladesh innings. After Tamim Iqbal was dismissed and was walking off the field of play, Rilee Rossouw made inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with his shoulder against the above mentioned batsman. Explaining his decision, Boon said: ‘Rilee was very mature in discussions relating to the charge. He felt it was inappropriate but not deliberate, an explanation to which I agreed. However, there is no place for any form of physical contact in our game and such actions should be punished.’
The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Enamul Haque and Richard Illingworth, as well as third umpire Michael Gough and fourth umpire Anisur Rahman. All Level 2 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a minimum fine of 50 per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two (2) Suspension Points.