Virat Kohli fined for complaining to umpire and throwing ball

India’s Virat Kohli celebrates after Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of South Africa’s Hashim Amla during the second Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on Jan.15, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 January 2018

Virat Kohli fined for complaining to umpire and throwing ball

CENTURION: India captain Virat Kohli has been fined for complaining to an umpire and throwing the ball into the ground “in an aggressive manner” during a dispute over the playing conditions in the second cricket test in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council says Kohli argued with umpire Michael Gough after play resumed following a rain delay on Day 3 on Monday. India was fielding and the skipper was unhappy that play resumed so soon after the rain, leaving India’s players struggling on a damp outfield and with a wet ball.
The ICC says Kohli was given one demerit point and fined 25 percent of his match fee. He accepted the punishment and there was no need for a formal hearing.


New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

Updated 04 December 2020

New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

  • Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch
  • Team members were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation

Wellington: New Zealand health officials refused to lift a ban on Pakistan’s coronavirus-hit cricket team training during quarantine on Friday after the touring party’s number of infections climbed to 10.
The team were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation on Tuesday.
However, health chiefs said the risk of further infections was too great. Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch.
“I have very carefully considered this situation,” director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement.
“At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.”
The decision means that Pakistan’s cricketers will have only 10 days to prepare for their first tour match, a Twenty20 international in Auckland on December 18, and probably less when travel is factored in.
Bloomfield said the decision was prompted by the number of active cases detected among the squad.
“Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams,” he said.
“We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team.”
Bloomfield issued the team with a “final warning” last week for flouting social distancing protocols at their hotel and no further breaches have been reported since.
The tourists arrived in New Zealand on November 24 and are scheduled to play three T20s and two Tests.
New Zealand has largely eradicated community transmission of coronavirus, recording just 1,713 cases and 25 deaths in a population of five million.