Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis remains unclear on the International
Cricket Council's (ICC) stance on ball-tampering.
With both South Africa and Sri
Lanka having been involved in tampering sagas the last time they played Test
cricket, the issue is in the spotlight ahead of this month's two-Test series
between the sides on the sub-continent.
Sri Lankan captain Dinesh
Chandimal was found guilty of tampering in the recently-completed Test series
against West Indies, while South Africa were innocent bystanders as Australia
got caught red-handed at Newlands earlier this year.
Du Plessis himself is no stranger
to controversy, having been involved in two incidents himself with the most
recent being the 'Mintgate' saga of 2016 on his side's tour to South
Since all of that, the ICC
has intesnified their punishment for
ball-tampering offences, but Du Plessis says he remains unclear of
exactly what is allowed and what is not.
"I think it's important to
say that I'm not clear yet on that matter," he said on Friday.
"The ICC obviously made the
penalties a lot stricter, but they still haven't said what is allowed and what
isn't. Is chewing gum allowed, is it not. Are you allowed to have mints in your
"As Hashim Amla said, he
likes to have sweets in his mouth and he spends a long time in the field. There
is nothing wrong with that.
"I need clarity still and
I'm looking forward to speaking to the umpires before the game to make sure
that we can get clarity on the matter."
The first Test gets underway in
Galle on July 12, and Du Plessis expects the new harsher laws to prevent
tampering in the future.
"We know now the penalties
are much harsher ... so I would expect that would see less of that in the
game," he said.
"The penalties that are
there now are going to make him think twice because you're going to miss a lot
of cricket if you do that.
"As a captain of any team
you want consistency through all teams and you want clarity."