Bangladesh v SA, 2nd ODI, Dhaka July 13, 2015

Rossouw found guilty for Tamim shoulder barge


Tamim Iqbal was bowled by Kagiso Rabada off an inside edge © AFP

The ICC has found Rilee Rossouw guilty of breaching their Code of Conduct and docked 50% of his match fee, after he was involved in a shoulder-barging incident with Tamim Iqbal during the second ODI in Mirpur.

The incident in question occurred after Tamim was bowled off an inside edge during Kagiso Rabada's first over. Rossouw, who was walking towards the huddle that had gathered around Rabada near the broken stumps, went across Tamim and appeared to nudge his left shoulder. Tamim immediately pointed this out to the umpires, who possibly missed the incident as they were looking to retrieve the ball from the bowler.

Rossouw was found to have breached Article 2.2.7 of the code, which relates to "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player, player support personnel, umpire, match referee or any other Person (including a spectator) in the course of play during an International Match". It also adds that "without limitation, players will breach this regulation if they deliberately walk or run into or shoulder another player". Rossouw pleaded guilty to the charge laid by the match referee David Boon and the subsequent penalty was accepted without the need for a formal hearing.

"Rilee was very mature in discussions relating to the charge. He felt it was inappropriate but not deliberate, an explanation to which I agreed," Boon said. "However, there is no place for any form of physical contact in our game and such actions should be punished."

Later, Farhaan Behardien, who was the last person to walk past Tamim before Rossouw, said that there was no malice intended from the fielder but admitted there was a lot of "heat" between the two sides. Immediately after the incident, the broadcasters showed three replays from the same angle.

"There was a bit of heat in the game and also when we were batting, especially when Kagiso was batting. We are all men you know. It's international sport cricket with lots of distortion floating around," Behardien said. "I think he (Rossouw) was just running through to KG (Kagiso Rabada) to congratulate him for the wicket. He didn't even look at Tamim. Hopefully the umpires will see that there were no malice.

"Tamim maybe walked off a bit slowly, maybe disappointed and he reacted and the umpire saw it. Maybe a big meal was made of it, more than what should have been."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • A on July 15, 2015, 9:39 GMT

    Put Tamim out of International cricket and give everyone including Tamim some peace! Agreed Rilee's behaviour was wrong - however his attitude towards a batsman like Tamim is accurate! Tamim tried to hit a quality bowler out of the park on his very first ball when the requirement was a run at best.

  • Adam on July 15, 2015, 8:28 GMT

    On the light side, Tamim's average is .... average.

  • Ridoy on July 14, 2015, 15:46 GMT

    Bangladesh beats india & pakistani & make them allies from enemies:) That is a great achievement for peace in Asia:D

    But I want to say to all cric fans of Ind-Pak-Bengali, plz ignore some have fun & keep fighting (which is good for promoting cricket) without abusing each other. Show respect to each-others.

  • Amar on July 14, 2015, 6:26 GMT

    serves him right, whether a deliberate push or not, no harm would come to rossouw had he possessed the decency to turn back and apologise., after all the push was hard enough.hence,a rightful decision from match referee,noon.

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2015, 5:22 GMT

    @CRIC_SMASHERS ..tamim has more potential than dhawan..then i guess you have less understanding of cricket.Dhawan might be flop in india but still a lot better batsman than tamim in all terms.consistency,performance or shot selection.

  • Ravi on July 14, 2015, 4:00 GMT

    and in other news ravindra jadeja has more avaerage than tamim iqbal ( aka mini warner )....

  • Mr. on July 13, 2015, 20:23 GMT

    Tamim may b a lil less consistent but he is way above the overrated dhawan, kushal parera and other undeserving players... Only left haded batsman close to tamim may b warner.. I also see soumya to have the potential to bcum best batsman from the subcontinent ever.. Not to mention rubel constantly gaining speed and hitting line accurately( combination of shoaib and macgrath).... Mustafizur has already proved his steel in internationql arena wen he choked the indian batsmen like some trapped insect...

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2015, 19:56 GMT

    Fish is too hot to handle whitewashing Pak and beating IND is no joke and that too in Asia. I am luving BD team spirit they are showing Pak/IND teams how to play Passionly just for your country when you are representing you country. Filth needs to clean from both Pak and Ind where you see these players selling their country's respect for some bucks they should never be part of these national teams

  • Gautam on July 13, 2015, 19:14 GMT

    Consider this, & never mind what the ubiquitous Bangladesh small-timer fan has to say: shoulder contact sans any intention of malice & who do u get as the penalizing match referee? why, gosh, it's the dinkum over-zealous Ozzie ( or he used to be ) David Boon!

    Hardly was of a similar moral mindset during his career as one of them, was he?

  • Ankit on July 13, 2015, 18:11 GMT

    @Scooby_007 Welcome to our world!!

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