South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has picked up a fine and a demerit point for giving India opener Shikhar Dhawan a send-off in Port Elizabeth. He lost 15% of his match fee over the incident, and gained one demerit point, taking his overall tally to five.
Each demerit point stays on a player’s record for a period of 24 months. Four demerit points warrant the first suspension, and eight lead to another, longer suspension. Rabada was already suspended for one Test against England in mid-2017, for having accumulated four demerit points. He picked up the first three of those on February 8, 2017, in an ODI against Sri Lanka;
If Rabada reaches eight points before the second week of February, 2019, he will receive a weightier penalty – a ban of two Tests, or one Test and two ODIs/T20Is, or four ODIs/T20Is – whichever comes first for the player.
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