Following Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s stand-in captain’s, appeal against the International Cricket Council’s decision of charging him guilty of ball-tampering in Hobart, the governing body issued a statement on Friday (November 25).
“The ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal. A Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity,” a statement from the body read.
“Mr du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2. 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.
“The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage, 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 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.
“Following the appeal, we will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue.”
A video footage earlier showed du Plessis applying saliva on the ball, a popular practice to keep the shine on the ball, but with mint in the mouth. He was subsequently fined 100% of his match fee after the ICC hearing at the Adelaide Oval which lasted three hours. He was found guilty of breaching clause 2.2.9 of the ICC’s code of conduct.