Senior Rabada supports ICC sanction: “Shikhar Dhawan send-off was unnecessary

MUMBAI: Dr. Mpho Rabada has supported the ICC’s decision to penalize his son for Shikhar Dhawan send-off.

The 22-year-old South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been fined 15% of his match-fees (and one dermit point) for giving Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan a send-off after he grabbed his wicket in the fifth ODI, which India won at the Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Speaking exclusively over his mobile from South Africa, senior Rabada said, “Dhawan send-off was unnecessary”.

“The player has not only to be within the law but live in the spirit of the game which is a higher than the minimum standard”.

“The management used criterion to usher fines and we have to give them the benefit of doubts that they applied their minds and found a sanction that is in line with not living in the spirit of the game”, he added.

“I have faith in the administrators. Players say all kind of things. I am 100% against that. Let us let the ball do the talking”.

“(My son’s) action was unnecessary and uncalled for (even if there were words or actions from batsmen directed to him during play). A person is 100% responsible for his own actions”.

“The ultimate bar at the end is ALL has to be done in the greater spirit of the game”, he added further.

“Young men and women have to always judge themselves against that threshold both on and off the field”, he signed off.


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