The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed disappointment over Faf du Plessis’ ball tampering appeal.
Du Plessis decided to reject the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and exercise his right to appeal on the ball tampering issue.
He was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after a video footage showed him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.
The Proteas captain however, appealed the decision that found him guilty after he and his legal team studied the written reasons provided by the match referee.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat confirmed Du Plessis’ ball tampering appeal saying:
“…Faf is clear that he did not alter the condition of the ball nor did he intend to do so and that the match referee was not correct to find him guilty. He is understandably feeling aggrieved.
“CSA will support him to appeal the decision before an independent Judicial Commissioner as there are issues relating to fair and just process, interpretation of the rules, science and performance that needs to be considered.”
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that a Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity.
The International Cricket Council said it will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment on Du Plessis’ ball tampering appeal.
Nonetheless, the council remarked that it is important to clarify the Laws of cricket.
“These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball. The ICC’s understands that to include, but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice and residue from sweets.
“The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable.
“This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the Laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC Umpires will remind all teams of the Laws as they stand,” CSA reported.