BuzzSouthAfrica has authenticated that South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball tampering in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.
Du Plessis was charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson after 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. Du Plessis pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the case was designated to be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
Following a hearing before Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees in Adelaide, the South African captain has now been found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Cricket South Africa related that after hearing representations from both parties and evidence from the umpires in the second Test as well as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Head of Cricket John Stephenson, Mr Pycroft found Mr du Plessis guilty of the offence.
“The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson, who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball,” stated Cricket South Africa.
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Du Plessis’ offence was treated as a first offence. As such, he was fined 100 per cent of his match fee and is free to play in the third Test in Adelaide on Thursday.
Also, three demerit points have been added to Mr du Plessis’ disciplinary record for his breach of Article 2.2.9.
Should the South Africa captain reach four or more demerit points within two years, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned.