Former cricketers have lashed out at International Cricket Council for banning South African pacer Kagiso Rabada for the Johannesburg Test. The pacer was sanctioned for his aggressive celebration following the dismissal of Joe Root on the first day of the Port Elizabeth Test. Rabada was found guilty of a level one offence. He was fined 15 percent of his match fee and earned one demerit point, taking his total number of active points to four. He has accumulated eight in the course of his career, but four of those have now elapsed.
Rabada castled Root with a beauty and was ecstatic. He let out a roar right in front of the batsman and that celebration was deemed as overaggressive. The on-field umpires deemed that inappropriate on the grounds of “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match” as per the ICC code of conduct.However, former cricketers weren’t happy with the call. They felt it was harsh as Rabada was letting out his emotion and it’s completely normal for anyone to let out his emotions and show some aggression if it’s within the laws. The fast bowler did not utter anything to Root either. Check out what some of the cricketers have to say about the decision made by ICC on Kagiso Rabada.
Rabada getting a 1 game ban for celebrating taking the Wicket of the opponents best player is absolutely bonkers ... Over rates & slow play nothing gets done ... Celebrate a wicked and you are banned ... The World is bloody nuts ... #SAvENG— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2020
Context .. 33 degree heat.. high humidity.. flat pitch ... not given new ball .. gets England captain .. best ball of the day ... shows a bit too much emotion. Result Wanderers test will be poorer for no Rabada .. ps I know he has previous !— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) January 17, 2020
Ban him. We hate the best players in the world playing anyway 🤥— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 17, 2020
Honestly. What a joke. And the ‘it’s only a demerit point’ nonsense is not an excuse for this to be ok.— Trent Copeland (@copes9) January 17, 2020
We are trying to get the next generation to keep test cricket alive and the @ICC are doing their best to drive them away. To ban a fast bowler after celebrating getting a top batter out on a flat wicket in 30 degree heat is beyond belief!!!— Michael Carberry (@carbs646) January 17, 2020
I understand that cricket needs to be played in the spirit of the game but to ban @KagisoRabada25 for a test match for over celebrating to me is ridiculous. I also know that he has pushed the boundaries before but come on! No swearing involved! Love his passion. Don’t agree @ICC— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) January 17, 2020
Lmao this is world class.... I feel so betrayed by @KagisoRabada25 😂😂😂— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) January 17, 2020
(Side Note: Totally disagree with the decision to ban the best bowler in the world for showing some passion 🙄) https://t.co/LJGPwjWd5J