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Virat Kohli Fined 25% Of Match Fee For Breaching ICC Code Of Conduct

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| January 16 , 2018 , 15:14 IST

Indian cricket team's skipper Virat Kohli might have proved himself by completing his 21st century on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test match against South Africa at Centurion but an argument on the field resulted in the cricketer receiving one demerit point.

Kohli was also fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of ICC code of conduct on Monday. As per Article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct  for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game."

"Monday’s incident happened in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner," stated ICC.

Understanding his mistake at the end of the match, Virat pleaded guilty to the offence while accepting the sanction proposed by ICC Match Referee Chris Broad dodging the need for any formal hearing. While a maximum penalty of an official reprimand is up to 50 percent of a player’s match fee, Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty.

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Along with the on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar levelled the charge. Despite Virat's aggressive demeanour at the field, South Africa pacer Morne Morkel accepted not being affected.

"Virat is very competitive. They are over here to compete and they’ve got a team that could potentially beat South Africa for the first time here. That’s his nature. It gets him going and keeps him going. We’re well aware of that but we don’t take any notice of it," Morkel admitted.