Cape Town - South
Africa’s Vernon Philander has been fined 75 percent of his match fee after
breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the first Test
against Sri Lanka in Galle.
As it WILL happen: Sri Lanka v South Africa - Day 4
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Philander 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”.
The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday’s play and after viewing
television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough,
third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires,
fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe.
The incident that led to the charge being laid took place in the afternoon when
Philander was captured on footage changing the condition of the ball by
scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. The footage, which was not
aired during live coverage, was viewed by the umpires after the close of play.
penalty was accepted by Philander without contest so there was no need for a
for offences included in Level 2 of ICC Code of Conduct can range from 50 percent to 100 percent of a player’s match fee and/or two Suspension Points. Two
Suspension Points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which
type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player.