India captain Virat Kohli has received a demerit point and an official warning for an “inappropriate” shoulder contact with South Africa quick Beuran Hendricks while taking a run during the third T20I on Sunday in Bengaluru. Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The incident occurred in the fifth over of the match, which was bowled by Hendricks. Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.12 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International Match.”
It was Kohli’s third offence since the introduction of the revised code in September 2016. He now has three demerit points after getting for the Centurion Test in South Africa last year and one more during the match against Afghanistan in this year’s World Cup on June 22.
According to the revised code, when a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. These demerit points remain on a player’s disciplinary record for 24 months from their imposition after which they are expunged.
Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson which meant there was no need for a formal hearing. The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Nitin Menon and CK Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official C Shamshuddin.