Proteas

Faf questions severity of 'shirt flick' punishment

2018-03-13 15:42
Faf du Plessis (Gallo)

Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis believes that banned Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada has been unfairly treated.

Rabada was on Monday banned for two Test matches after the ICC found him guilty of 'inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player' in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

The incident happened on day one when an animated Rabada brushed shoulders with Australian captain Steve Smith after getting him out. 

Rabada was eventually docked three demerit points for that incident, taking his total tally to eight and seeing him hit with the ban. 

It was the same punishment that Dave Warner received after his now infamous stairwell confrontation with Quinton de Kock during the first Test in Durban.

That, Du Plessis said, was where he was struggling to come to grips with Rabada's ban. 

"How I see it is that the charge against KG was a Level 2 with three demerit points and the charge against Warner was Level 2 with three demerit points," Du Plessis explained.

"For me, if you look at both of those incidents, one is brushing of shirts and the other is far more aggressive.

"That was my question: why are both these incidents labelled as exactly the same?

"In a normal situation would say that the contact was very minimal ... it was a shirt flick of two players and you would probably get one or two demerit points because it wasn't full body contact.

"But that's from where I'm sitting as a player and not an official."

South Africa have another day to decide whether or not they would like to appeal the decision.

Read more on:    proteas  |  faf du plessis  |  port elizabeth  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Galle International Stadium 06:30
Friday, 20 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Colombo 06:30
Sunday, 29 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 06:15
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.