South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma has been reprimanded for breaching the code of conduct during the first T20I against Ireland at Malahide on Monday. Bavuma breached the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20 of the ongoing series against Ireland.
As per reports, Bavuma has breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to the “use of audible obscenity during an international match”.
It is the first offence for Bavuma in the last 24-month period and thus one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record. Bavuma has reportedly used an audible obscenity after being judged caught behind. The incident happened in the sixth over of South Africa’ innings.
It has been understood that the South African skipper has accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. Thus, there wasn’t any need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Alan Neill and Mark Hawthorne, third umpire Rolland Black and fourth official Paul Reynolds levelled the charge. Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.
As far as the ongoing T20I series is concerned, South Africa has won the first two games, taking an unassailable lead in the series. David Miller played a heroic knock of an unbeaten 75 runs to seal the victory by 42 runs in the second ODI. With this, they have sealed the series 2-0 with only one game left to be played. Temba Bavuma scored 13 runs in the first T20I, followed by a duck out on the second as he fell to Paul Stirling (2/12) in the first over.