As Kagiso Rabada is banned from the last two Test matches after ICC slapped him with a level two offence, the bowler is ready to appeal against the charge. The bowler has been denying the allegations that he brushed Smith by his shoulders after taking his wicket in the second Test. Now the four-match series is levelled on 1-1 after South Africa won the latest game.
Rabada, on the other hand, was the match winner finishing with 11 wickets in the Test. It would be imperative for South Africa to play the bowler. Faf du Plessis is also backing up his teammate comparing cricketers without emotions to robots and machine. He said, Rabada was only celebrating the wicket and ICC is certainly harsh on the issue.
As Cricket South Africa confirmed an appeal against the charge, ICC would have to appoint a judicial commissioner within 48 hours to hear the case. Also, the hearing must be conducted within seven days of the appeal. This would ajar the door for Rabada to play the next two matches. South Africa wants to expedite the process as winning the appeal would mean the fast bowler playing again in the series.
Lately, it is also confirmed that Dali Mpofu will represent Kagiso Rabada in the appeal against ICC. The former is among the most renowned lawyers of Africa. Cricket Africa is backing the case with strong effort, which was clearly apparent in CEO Thabang Monroe’s statement that Mpofu is a “highly experienced advocate”. The lawyer will try to bring back Rabada to the test series by holding the two-test suspension.
The backdrop of Rabada’s suspension is cluttered. Earlier Faf du Plessis pointed out that his case should be deemed as a level-2 offence what-so-ever. Per the captain, there were other incidences in the series, which are clearly more offensive than that of the bowler. He also stated the case of Mitchell Marsh as well as David Warner.
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