Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of breaching
Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct following a hearing before Andy
Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees in Adelaide.Du Plessis was charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson after
television footage appeared to show Du Plessis applying an artificial
substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test
against Australia in Hobart.
After hearing representations
from both parties and evidence from the umpires in the second Test as
well as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Head of Cricket John Stephenson, Pycroft found Du Plessis guilty of the offence.
decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed
that had they seen the incident they would have taken action
immediately, and from Stephenson, who confirmed the view of MCC that
the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred
to the ball.
In summing up his decision Pycroft referred
to his role as requiring him to make a determination based on the ICC
Code of Conduct, the Laws of Cricket and, in particular, the preamble to
the Laws of Cricket and the role of the umpires as the sole judges of
fair and unfair play.
Under the version of the Code that
came into force on September 22, 2016, the offence was treated as a first
offence. Du Plessis was fined 100 percent of his match fee and is
free to play in the third Test in Adelaide on Thursday (05:30 SA time).
addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.9, three
demerit points have been added to Du Plessis’ disciplinary record.
Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Du Plessis reaches four or
more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted
into suspension points and he will be banned. Two suspension points
equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes
first for the player.