At the conclusion of an official hearing on the alleged ball tampering concerning South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, the International cricket council (ICC) has on Tuesday confirmed in a statement that the 32-year old has been found guilty of violating the ICC code of conduct. Accordingly, the skipper was fined with 100% of his match fee and has received three demerit points. If a player reaches four demerit points within a period of 24 months, they will be converted into suspension points leading to a ban in one test or two ODIs or two T20s, whichever is earlier.
Luckily for the South Africans, the skipper has escaped a suspension and will be leading the proteas at the Adelaide for the historic day and night match against the Australians.
The charges laid against Faf du Plessis was heard by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft, who took three hours to take the opinion of both the parties before coming to a conclusion.
“After hearing into the case and taking into account the details provided by both the parties, along with those of the MCC representatives and the Umpires, Mr. Andy Pycroft has found Faf du Plessis violating the ICC’s code of conduct. He has been fined 100% of his match fee for applying an artificial substance to the ball during the 54th over of the Australia’s second innings at Hobart”, an Official ICC media release said.
The statement from the ICC further clarified that in cases of ball tampering, the decision of the onfield umpires will be binding. As per the ICC’s code of conduct, players are not allowed to apply any artificial substance to the cricket ball, except saliva and sweat. Du Plessis can either accept the sanction or file appeal against the match referee’s decision within 48 hours of receiving a written copy of the penalty imposed on him.