Faf charged with tampering

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis with ball tampering File picture: Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis 
File picture: Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering during the second test against Australia in Hobart, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said yesterday.

The ICC announced on Wednesday that it would review footage of the match that appeared to show Du Plessis applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth.

“The charge relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 and has been laid by ICC chief executive David Richardson, who has exercised his right to do so,” the ICC said.

“Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty . . . Details of the hearing will be announced in due course,” the governing body said.

If proven guilty, Du Plessis could be handed a maximum fine of 100% match fee, two suspension points and four demerit points. Two suspension points equate to a ban of one test match.

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