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KL Rahul fined & gets 1 demerit point for showing dissent at umpire’s decision

Indian opener KL Rahul ,who played a fine knock of 46 off 101 balls. And added a valuable 83 runs for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma in the 2nd innings of the Oval test. Is fined 15% of his match for showing dissent when he was finally given out on the third umpires decision. After a spike was seen as the ball passed the bat. on a caught behind verdict off James Anderson.

It was in the 34th over of the innings and Woakes got the edge off Rahul’s bat for Bairstow to take the catch but the field umpire gave him not out. The decision was referred by England and the 3rd umpire gave his verdict of  out after seeing a clear spike as the ball passed Rahul’s bat. KL Rahul fined & gets 1 demerit point for showing dissent at umpire’s decision.

Rahul showed his surprise at been given out and probably indicated the field umpires as he was walking off. That the spike may have occurred as his bat brushed his pad.  However the decision was made and Rahul had no option but to leave.  He must have seen the replays later that the correct decision was made. 

It was a breach of Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

“Rahul was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. Which relates to showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match,” an ICC release said.

Also one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Rahul. This was his first offence in a 24-month period.

KL Rahul fined & gets 1 demerit point for showing dissent at umpire's decision
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On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns levelled the charges on the Indian opener.


Rahul later admitted his offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees.  Chris Broad , the former England opener during 1980s is the father of current England. Fast bowling icon Stuart Broad who played in the first test of the current series.

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