Former South Africa Graeme Smith has lashed out at the ICC Code of conduct after pacer Kagiso Rabada was handed a one-match suspension for giving England all-rounder Ben Stokes a controversial send-off in the ongoing Lord's Test.
During the opening day's play on Thursday, Rabada was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match".
The right-arm pacer was fined 15 percent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for this incident, in which he told Stokes to "f**k ***" after dismissing him for 56 during England's first innings.
"It's ridiculous. No-one wrote about it, no-one spoke about it. It was only because it was on the stump mic that it's become a thing," Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
"It could have been handled better. I don't think it was aimed at Ben Stokes. I just think it was out of frustration. If it wasn't picked up by the stump mics he wouldn't have been done," he added.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan also criticised the ICC's decision to suspend Rabada for the Trent Bridge Test.
"Rababa Suspended for 1 match for a couple of Words ..... Give me a break ... what about the continuous slow over rates @icc !????????" Vaughan tweeted.
Rababa Suspended for 1 match for a couple of Words ..... Give me a break ... what about the continuous slow over rates @icc !????????— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 7, 2017