Cricket World Cup 2019 – Virat Kohli fined for breaching code of conduct
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Captain Virat Kohli has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching code of conduct during India’s thrilling World Cup win against Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday.

The 30-year-old has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. He was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Excessive appealing during an International Match”.

The incident occurred during Afghanistan innings’ 29th over when Kohli approached on-field umpire Aleem Dar ‘in an aggressive manner when appealing an lbw decision’.

On-field umpires Dar and Richard Illingworth, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth official Michael Gough levelled the charges.

Kohli has admitted to the offence and also accepted the sanction proposed by match referee match referee Chris Broad nullifying the need for a formal hearing.

“In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Kohli, for whom it was the second offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016,” the ICC said in a statement on Sunday.

Kohli now has two demerit points after having received one demerit point during the Pretoria Test against South Africa on 15 January 2018.

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

Mohammed Shami took a last-over hat-trick as India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs to stay unbeaten in the ongoing tournament.