Faf du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.
Du Plessis’ charge follows the emergence of a video footage which shows the South Africa captain, licking his finger and shining the ball. It’s as though he applied an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play.
He was charged for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Precisely, the charge relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 .
It was laid by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who was merely exercising his right to do so according to Article 3.1.3 of the Code.
Reporting this, Cricket South Africa disclosed that Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge. As such, the case will now, be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
Adding that details of the hearing will be announced in due course, Cricket South Africa retated that “the alleged incident happened on Tuesday morning when TV footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition.
“All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points,” added Cricket South Africa.
Checkout the video footage below.
This wouldn’t be the first time Du Plessis is accused of ball tampering. If you recall, he was fined 50% of his match fee for ball tampering in the second Test against Pakistan in 2013.
Then, he was caught on camera rubbing the ball against a zip on his pocket on the third day of the match in Dubai. His action inspired the umpires to change the ball and penalise South Africa five runs.