Vernon Philander punished by ICC for alleged ball-tampering

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South African pacer Vernon Philander has been found guilty of ball tampering during their match with Sri Lanka in Galle and has been fined 75% of the match fees by the ICC.

The umpires – Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough – together with third and forth umpires Nigel Llong and Ruchira Palliyaguruge and match referee Jeff Crowe found the African speedie "scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb".

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After examining the videotapes of the match at the end of day’s play, they booked him for violating clause 42.1 of the ICC's match playing conditions.

An inquiry into the incident wasn’t required as the 29-year old admitted to being involved in altering the condition of the ball.

Previous for Proteas

This was the second such offence involving a South African player in year, with batsman Faf du Plessis also being involved in a similar incident after he was caught “rubbing the ball close to the zipper of his trouser pocket” during a Test match against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last October.

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