Faf du Plessis, who not long ago, made his test debut for South Africa and played terrifically well, has pleaded guilty to the charge of ball tampering.
The incident happened in the second test against Pakistan when South Africa were well on top. David Boon, the match referee said: ’’It was not a part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the ball’’.
This statement clearly shows that he didn’t do it with purpose, due to which Graeme Smith, as well as other members of the team, weren’t happy. Although they weren’t amused with the decision, they decided not to challenge it.
’As a team we proceeded not to contest it...because as per the ICC regulations a full hearing could lead to more severe punitive measure which could include a heftier fine or even a match ban,” said Mohammad Moosajee, the team manager.
When the questions came to Smith, he was asked if du Plessis’ action put a ‘’black mark’’ on Proteas’ effort, the captain simply answered by saying 'no'. In another one of his statements, Boon said, ‘’I am satisfied that the player's actions warranted the umpires applying clause 42.1.1 of the ICC Test Match Playing Conditions, including the laying of a charge under the ICC Code of Conduct against Mr du Plessis in respect of changing the condition of the ball.
"After discussions with Mr du Plessis, he has elected not to contest that charge, but I am also satisfied that this was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball, and that the imposition of a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee is appropriate considering the circumstances."
Which again shows that everyone has a clear evidence that the Pretoria born guy didn’t do it by purpose. For those, who don’t really know what actually happened; let us go back to third day of the second test between South Africa and Pakistan.
Two overs after tea, when the 31st over was just about to start, the TV umpire saw du Plessis rubbing the ball near the zipper of his trouser pocket and brought it to the attention of the on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Ian Gould.
The decision was to fine du Plessis with 50 percent of his match fee and also award Pakistan with five penalty runs. The 29-year-old was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to "changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1’’.
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