Faf du Plessis, who led South Africa to a remarkable Test series win against Australia in Hobart earlier this week, has been charged with ball tampering by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Du Plessis was charged 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. This is the second time he has been charged with doctoring the ball.
“Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge ... Details of the hearing will be announced in due course,” the ICC said in a statement.
The charge relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 and has been laid by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who has exercised his right to do so according to Article 3.1.3 of the Code.
All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.
Faf du Plessis caught in lollygate
Footage showing Faf du Plessis applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth was reviewed by the ICC to see if he has breached the governing body’s code of conduct.
A day after South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series in Australia by winning in Hobart, footage emerged showing Du Plessis with a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger before shining the ball.
Applying an artificial substance to alter the condition of the ball contravenes the ICC’s code of conduct.
In 2013, Faf Du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee for ball tampering in the second test against Pakistan.
He was caught on camera rubbing the ball against a zip on his pocket on the third day of the match in Dubai, leading umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker to penalise South Africa five runs and change the ball. Du Plessis did not contest the charge.
(With agency inputs)