Sisanda Magala Proteas

Proteas fast-bowling duo Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala face a race against time to prove their fitness ahead of the Cricket World Cup. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Sisanda Magala in hot water for ICC conduct breach in T20 v Pakistan

SA fast bowler Sisanda Magala has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth T20 against Pakistan.

Sisanda Magala Proteas

Proteas fast-bowling duo Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala face a race against time to prove their fitness ahead of the Cricket World Cup. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

South Africa fast bowler Sisanda Magala has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth T20I against Pakistan in Centurion last Friday.

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Magala was found to have breached Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an International Match.”

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to Magala’s disciplinary record for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.

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The incident occurred in the 19th over of Pakistan’s innings when Sisanda Magala hit the stumps with his hand, dislodging the bails at the bowler’s end after being hit for a six.

Magala admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the Covid-19 interim playing regulations.

There was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Adrian Holdstock and Shaun George, third umpire Allahudien Palekar and fourth official Bongani Jele levelled the charge.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.