SA vs ENG: Curran fined for breaching ICC COC

Sam Curran was given a demerit point and fined 15% of his match fee for "excessively celebrating." upon breaching ICC Code of Conduct

  • Sinchan Saha | February 1, 2023 | 1:32 pm

On Wednesday, February 1, England and South Africa will meet in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley. After dismissing Temba Bavuma in the second One-Day International on January 29, all-rounder Sam Curran was given a demerit point and fined 15% of his match fee for “excessively celebrating.”

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On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council made the decision regarding Sam Curran’s fine for breaking the code of conduct

Temba Bavuma assisted the team in chasing down the enormous target and scored 109 runs off 102 balls. With just one game remaining, the hosts won the series with an unbreakable 2-0 lead. After dismissing the South Africa captain in the 28th over, the left-arm pacer celebrated in the direction of Temba Bavuma.

The ICC’s code of conduct’s Article 2.5 was found to have been broken by Sam Curran. Since Curran admitted to the crime, there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrian Holdstock, as well as third and fourth umpires Allahudien Paleker and Bongani Jele, made the accusation. Curran was fined by New Zealand match referee Jeff Crowe after an umpire’s report.

It was Curran’s first offense, and he faces a ban if he gets four or more demerit points within 24 months. Curran “excessively celebrated towards and in close proximity to the dismissed batter, being an action which had the potential to provoke an aggressive reaction from Bavuma,” as stated by the ICC, was found to have committed a level one violation of the ICC code of conduct.

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With figures of 1-60 from his ten overs, Sam Curran performed admirably with the ball. In the high-scoring match in which South Africa chased down the target with five balls remaining, the all-rounder was the bowler who was the second most economical.