The effect of pure electronic excitations (by ∼ 835 MeV Kr irradiation) on a stable icosahedral quasicrystal is compared with the effect of electronic excitations combined with the nuclear collisions (by 100 MeV Ni irradiation) occurring in a similar quasicrystal. The critical stopping power was kept at 1300 eV/Å for both the experiments. Under the pure electronic excitations, the R(Φ))/R(0) [ratio of resistance at fluence Φ and the resistance on the same piece with zero fluence) of quasicrystal goes through oscillatory changes, until at ∼ 1 × 1012 ions/cm2 where this ratio drops considerably. The ex-situ XRD on the irradiated sample does show the evidence of degradation of the structure. In contrast, the Ni-irradiated sample shows an increase in resistivity after a critical fluence of 2.5 × 1013 ions/cm2, which remains constant for higher fluences. Corresponding defect annihilation effects are observed in the XRD of Ni-irradiated samples.