Bangladesh v South Africa, 1st Test, 2nd day, Chittagong July 23, 2015

de Kock fined for shoulder-barging Tamim


Hashim Amla got involved to defuse the tension between Quinton de Kock and Tamim Iqbal © AFP

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been fined 75% of his match fee after pleading guilty to his involvement in a shoulder-barging incident with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on the second day of the ongoing Chittagong Test.

The incident occurred at the stroke of lunch, after Tamim played out the last ball of the 30th over bowled by Simon Harmer. When he turned to head to the dressing room, Tamim got involved in a conversation with de Kock and there was some shoulder-barging before South Africa's captain Hashim Amla intervened.

South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt said he did not see the incident, while Mahmudullah declined to comment on the matter during the press conference after the day's play.

"As the over before lunch came to an end, Quinton de Kock walked in front of the stumps to confront Tamim Iqbal," match referee Chris Broad said. "In doing so de Kock deliberately brushed Tamim Iqbal's shoulder and rib area. This resulted in a heated exchange between the two, initiated by the contact made by de Kock. This type of incident has no place on a cricket field."

The ICC Code of Conduct's Article 2.2.7 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 says, "without limitation, players will breach this regulation if they deliberately walk or run into or shoulder another player".

Tamim was involved in a similar incident in the second ODI against South Africa. Rilee Rossouw, while walking to celebrate Tamim's dismissal, shouldered the batsman in full view of the umpires. He was fined 50% of his match fee.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Shabbir on July 25, 2015, 19:49 GMT

    I simply call it the "Bangla effect", ever since the PAK tour, players from previously dominant teams have been having a go at BAN players. (PAK) Wahab v Sakib, (IND) Dhoni v Mustafizur, (SAF) Roussow v Tamim, (SAF) De Kok v Tamim. These incidents never seemed to happen when a team was beating Bangladesh I wonder why or maybe it's just a coincidence.

  • rob on July 25, 2015, 0:04 GMT

    It's been well over 2 years since any Aussie was fined/sanctioned for their on field behaviour. South Africa has 2 in the last couple of weeks yet it's the Aussies who are the bad boys in the hood. .. In my opinion the only thing worse than thugs are the sanctimonious creeps out there pointing their godly fingers in the wrong direction.

  • Basil on July 24, 2015, 22:32 GMT

    Boy oh Boy! Imagine all the hate from posters if QDK was Australian. Ugly Aussies and blah, blah,blah. Quite funny really.

  • Mohamed on July 24, 2015, 15:00 GMT

    It was just adrenaline and frustration on QDK part. Before the last ball was bowed, Tamim and QDK had a little heated verbal exchange. After the ball was bowled, QDK walked over and continued with the exchange and give Tamim a little nudge with the shoulder and elbow. It is clear from the video on youtube that QDK was the aggressor. Amla separated them and Steyn give Tamim a little love to say, it's okay mate, no hard feelings. I think that the players were all okay and that was it for them. The match Referees, however, could not ignore it since it happened for all to see and therefore got a quick guilty plea from QDC and that was it. It is what it is and that is the end of it.

  • Sello on July 24, 2015, 14:02 GMT

    From what I saw on both players we equally at fault and should have been fined the same amount.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2015, 9:15 GMT

    Why the double standards?

    QdK - 75% vs Tamim - 50%

    Not disputing who is at fault in either incident.

    The double standards of the fine process however, is shocking!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2015, 7:57 GMT

    Why are all the videos of the incident blocked. I am a South African fan and I want to judge for myself, but can't because all the videos on youtube with a title of the incident seems to be showing different videos or blocked. Everyone is blaming QdK, some I think without seeing the video. Can someone please post a link to a video of the incident that is not blocked. If it shows that he is guilty, then its fine, we fans will accept it. Also, we are frustrated by BD beating RSA, not because they are ranked below us, but for the fact that they beat we are when any opponent has beaten us.

  • Michael on July 24, 2015, 6:56 GMT

    It doesn't matter who started it, the fact is that cricket is a non-contact sport. QdK was in the wrong and got punished. Hopefully he learns from it. End of story.

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2015, 5:58 GMT

    it's only being competitive - over reaction in the extreme

  • Android on July 24, 2015, 5:24 GMT

    if we want to say crying baby, then we have to know who are choker. who can not pass in the semifinal ever in long cricket history and who cry in every WC. i don't blaming u. u have to be more gentleman since cricket is a gentleman's game.

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