India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday.
Skipper Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”.
A demerit point has also been added to Virat Kohli’s disciplinary record after he was found in breach of Level 1 Code of Conduct.
On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Richard Illingworth, including the third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth official Michael Gough, leveled the charges. Kohli admitted to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee
In the match against Afghanistan, Kohli approached umpire Aleem Dar in an aggressive manner in the 29th over of Afghanistan’s chase of 225 after Jasprit Bumrah trapped Rahmat Shah in front.
Aleem Dar was unmoved but Kohli pleaded aggressively with the umpire after which India had lost their only review early in the innings.
Kohli now has two demerit points after having got one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018.
When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.