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Virat Kohli and other Cricketers, who were reprimanded by ICC

Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of Article 2.12 of the ICC code of conduct and received a demerit point. Here are other cricketers who received 4 or more demerit points.

Last updated: 26.09.2019
Virat Kohli and other Cricketers, who were reprimanded by ICC | Sports Social Blog

A comprehensive nine-wicket win in Bengaluru to level the series for South Africa as India slips to no. 4 rankings in ICC T20 rankings. But this was not enough as Indian captain Virat Kohli was reprimanded by ICC and had received one demerit points during the 3rd T20 against South Africa in Bengaluru.

Kohli was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the Article 2.12 of the ICC code of conduct - "Inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an International match."

Kohli was batting on 2 and Hendricks was bowling when this incident happened. Hendricks bowled a slightly short ball and Kohli went on the back foot and pulled it to deep square leg. While running down the pitch Kohli made a shoulder contact with Hendricks.

Kohli has now 3 demerit points now, after receiving one during India vs South Africa in 2018 at Centurion, when he was found misbehaving with an on-field umpire Michael Gough and threw the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner. The other one against Afghanistan in ICC World Cup 2019, where Kohli advanced towards umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner when he was appealing for an lbw decision.

According to the revised code, if Kohli's tally of demerit points reaches 4 or more within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. Four demerit points are Equal to 2 suspension points which results in the player being banned for 1 Test, 2 ODI'S and 2 T20'S. 

Afterwards, Kohli admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson there was no need for any formal hearing.

On-field umpires Nitin, Menon and CK Nandan, third umpire Anil Chaudhary and fourth official C Shamshuddin levelled the charges.


ICC code of conduct 


Level 1 offence 


1) Excessive appealing during an International Match

2) Abuse of cricket equipment 

3) Audible obscenity during an International Match.

4) Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could 

provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during 

an International Match.

5) Using a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an 

International Match

6) Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.

7) inappropriate physical contact with a Player, Player Support Personnel, 

Umpire, Match Referee or any other person (including a spectator) during an 

International Match




Warning, demerit points and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50% of the applicable match fee.


Players who received 4 or more demerit points 


1)  Chandika Hathurusinghe

He along with Dinesh Chandimal and Asanka Gurusinha received 6 demerit points. They were charged by ICC chief executive David Richardson, for their involvement in Sri Lanka's team refusal to take the field at the start of third-day play in St. Lucia against West Indies.


2) Dinesh Chandimal 

While fielding, Chandimal was seen on TV receiving the ball, putting his hand into his pocket to get something and then put it into his mouth, chew for a few seconds and then spit on his fingers and polish the ball with the same. For this incident, he received 6 demerit points.


3) Steve Smith 

He admitted being a party to a decision with the leadership group of the Australian team to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage over the South African team. He received 6 demerit points.



The Indian captain needs to keep his temper in check as South Africa has managed to level the series which was earlier predicted to be a one-sided affair. India will play their second test series of world test championship against South Africa from 2nd October and afterwards will host Bangladesh for 3 T20'S and 2 test in November, and then play a bilateral series against West Indies, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.


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