- Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s ban has been overturned and he has been cleared to play in the third Test against Australia in Cape Town
- Rabada was found not guilty of making deliberate and inappropriate contact with another player
- Advocate Dali Mpofu was appointed by Cricket South Africa to represent their star bowler
Proteas star and the number one ranked Test bowler in the world, Kagiso Rabada has been cleared to play in the third Test match against Australia in Cape Town.
On Monday night, Rabada was found not guilty of making deliberate and inappropriate contact with another player. He was, however, found guilty of the lesser charge of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) mandated punishment for his original charge was two demerit points, which in this case, pushed Rabada over the threshold and imposed an automatic two-match ban on the player. The lesser charge carries only one demerit point, which undoes the ban.
Briefly.co.za discovered that Advocate Dali Mpofu was appointed by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to represent Rabada. Mpofu said it was a privilege to work on the case.
“It was a privilege to be part of something that all South Africans were keenly awaiting, as well as all Australians for different reasons.”
While the news comes as a relief to Proteas fans, CSA and the coaching staff, Rabada will have to keep his on-field emotions in check. Rabada is now on seven demerit points which means he is only one infringement away from being banned for two tests.
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson believes Rabada has learned a valuable lesson: "He’s a smart kid and I’m sure he’s learnt his lesson from what happened last week. I don’t think he will make the same mistake again."
The third Test match starts in Cape Town on Thursday.
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