Kagiso Rabada to appeal against ICC's charges levelled against him (Image courtesy: AFP)
Kagiso Rabada to appeal against ICC’s charges levelled against him (Image courtesy: AFP)

The suspense over Kagiso Rabada’s appeal is over. Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that Rabada will be appealing the charge levelled against him by the ICC, following the Steven Smith incident during the Port Elizabeth Test.

Rabada was charged with a level two offence for “inappropriate and deliberate” body contact with the Australian captain. He earned three demerit points as match referee Jeff Crowe rejected Rabada’s claim of accidental contact.

CSA tweeted:

This isn’t the first time that Rabada, 22, has found trouble. He accumulated points and broke the eight-point barrier to earn an immediate two-Test ban that rules him out of the remainder of the South Africa-Australia Test series that is levelled at 1-1.

Rabada, with 11 wickets in the second Test, architected South Africa’s comeback. The ICC have 48 hours to appoint a judicial commissioner for the hearing that will take place within a week of the appointment.

Under ICC’s rules, Rabada’s suspension will remain for the second Test unless the commissioner finds enough evidence to allow the pacer to play the third Test at Cape Town, something South Africa will desperately hope for.