Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Dali Mpofu to Represent Rabada At ICC Appeal

Dali Mpofu to Represent Rabada At ICC Appeal

He was charged by Match Referee Jeff Crowe, who handed him three demerit points, while he was also fined 50 per cent of his match fees.

In a unusual twist before Monday's hearing, though, Rabada appeared to damage his slim chances of prevailing on appeal by accepting blame for the mid-pitch contact with Steve Smith for which he was reported by match referee Jeff Crowe in Port Elizabeth. Michael Heron QC of New Zealand has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner for the hearing, which will be held via videoconference.

Rabada was found guilty of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" after leaning his shoulder into Steve Smith when he dismissed the Australia captain in the first innings of South Africa's six wicket win in the second test in Port Elizabeth. "I didn't even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up". The conduct breach took Rabada's demerit points to the threshold of eight points leading to the suspension.

"I've always loved rugby and cricket ... but I'm a bad player‚" he said in an interview with LawFuel New Zealand in December.

"I must obey the rules".

A two-match suspension would rule Rabada out of the four-match series with Australia which is now locked at a 1-1 after South Africa claimed a six-wicket win in Port Elizabeth. I guess I shouldn't really rub it in their faces. "If the (judicial commissioner) decides to lift the charge I think Cape Town will be chock-a-block".

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