Cricket is a game of passion, and with a lot of passion comes aggression. It is believed that aggression can help giving an upper hand against opponent in any game. However, it is only possible when used adequately, otherwise temper can get the best of someone and lead to regretful events. There is a code of conduct that every player has to maintain to run the game smoothly, but some players in their overpowering rage of aggression breach this code of conduct and get reprimanded. Here is the list of ten such players who couldn’t control their aggression and breached the ICC code of conduct and got punished accordingly.
1. Tim Paine
The Australian Test Skipper was found guilty for a level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct during the third test match against India in Sydney. The incident took place during the 56th over of the Indian innings when Paine showed dissent at the umpire’s decision and criticized it after an unsuccessful DRS review against Cheteshwar Pujara. He accepted the offense and was fined 15% of his match fee and, in addition, one demerit point was added to his disciplinary record.
2. Virat Kohli
The Captain of the Indian cricket team, who is known for his aggression, comes next on this list. He was found guilty of a level 1 breach of the ICC code of conduct during the 2019 world cup against Afghanistan. It was during the 29th over of Afghanistan’s innings and Virat Kohli advanced aggressively towards umpire Aleem Dar while appealing for an LBW decision. Kohli admitted to the offense and was fined 25% of his match fee, and a point of demerit got added to his disciplinary record.
3. Ben Stokes
England’s prime all-rounder Ben Stokes was found using obscene language towards the spectators after his dismissal. The incident happened when Stokes was returning to Pavilion after being dismissed in the 46th over of England’s innings against South Africa at the Wanderers. Ben Stokes was fined 15% of his match fee for his behavior, and a demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record. He even issued a public apology after this incident.
4. Jos Buttler
The Wicketkeeper-batsman from England comes next on this list. He got caught on the stump mic using obscene language for South African pacer Vernon Philander who was batting. This incident occurred during South Africa’s second innings in the Cape Town Test. Buttler has been fined 15% of his match fee, and a point of demerit has been added to his disciplinary record.
5. Kieron Pollard
The Caribbean powerhouse Kieron Pollard breached the ICC code of conduct during a T20 game against India, he disobeyed the umpires. Pollard called a substitute on the field even though the umpires were repeatedly telling him that he should make a formal request for a substitute and that he should wait until the end of the next over. Pollard denied the charges against him and had a formal hearing in front of the match referee where he was found guilty and, he has been fined 20% of his match fee, and a point of demerit adding up on his disciplinary records.
6. Kyle Jamieson
The tall fast-bowler from New Zealand has been found to have breached Level 1 of the ICC code of conduct during the third day of the first test against Pakistan in Tauranga. The incident took place in the 75th over of Pakistan’s first innings when Kyle Jamieson, after fielding the ball, threw it in the direction of Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf at a very high speed when Faheem was away from the stumps and inside the crease, not intended to take a run. Jamieson paid a fine which was equal to 25% of his match fee, and one point of demerit got added to his disciplinary records.
7. Kagiso Rabada
South African Pacer Kagiso Rabada violated Article 2.5 of the ICC code of conduct. He was caught using actions that could have provoked an aggressive reaction from Joe Root upon his dismissal during the first day of the third test match against England in Port Elizabeth. Rabada was fined 15% of his match fee and got one demerit point added to his disciplinary record. He got suspended for a match for this behavior as this was the 4th instance when he was caught breaching this particular code of conduct in two years.
8. Stuart Broad
The English pacer has been booked for breaching level 1 of the ICC code of conduct when he used inappropriate language as a send-off after dismissing Yasir Shah during Pakistan’s second innings in the first test. He had to pay a fine equal to 15% of his match fee, and one demerit point got added to his disciplinary records. This is somehow third instance when the particular code of conduct was breached by the pacer.
9. Jason Roy
England’s opener Jason Roy has been found guilty of a level 1 breach during the Semi-Final of the 2019 World Cup, he was found showing dissent to the umpire upon his dismissal in the 19th over of England’s innings. He also showed a delay in leaving the pitch, and for this breach, he has been fined 30% of his match fee, and two points of demerit were added up to his disciplinary records.
10. Carlos Brathwaite
The Caribbean all-rounder was found protesting against the umpire’s decision of a wide ball during the 42nd over of India’s innings in their match in the 2019 World Cup at Old Trafford. Brathwaite accepted the offense and has been fined 15% of his match fee and a demerit point was added up to his disciplinary records.