South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin on Monday. He was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Bavuma admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by the match referee Kevin Gallagher. The Proteas skipper had used an audible obscenity after being adjudged caught behind by the on-field umpire.
The incident occured in the sixth over of South Africa's innings. Bavuma after being adjudged caught behind on the bowling of Simi Singh, used an audible obscenity. Thus, Bavuma was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. The article relates to “the use of an audible obscenity during an International Match”. In addition to being reprimanded, one demerit point was also added to the disciplinary record of Bavuma. It was the first offence in a 24-month period for Bavuma.
According to the ICC laws, players with Level 1 breaches have to face a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points. Also, if a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and the player is banned.
South Africa seal T20I series with a match to go
Temba Bavuma has not performed well in either of the white-ball fixtures so far. He returned with the scores of 10 and 3 in the two ODIs while he has aggregated only 13 runs, including a duck, so far in the T20I series. Nevertheless, South Africa levelled the ODI series 1-1 and have already claimed the T20I series with a match to go. David Miller shone for the Proteas in the second T20I as he scored an unbeaten 75 off 44 balls, including four sixes in the last over of Africa's innings.
Apart from Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi also stood out with his exceptional bowling performance. He claimed three crucial wickets and gave away only 14 runs from his four overs. Shamsi has claimed seven wickets from two matches and has an impressive economy rate of 5.12 rpo.
South Africa will play the third and final T20I against Ireland on Saturday at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast.