Ball tampering row: ICC 'disappointed' with Faf du Plessis

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Dubai, Nov 25: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (November 25) expressed its disappointment over South African captain Faf du Plessis' decision to appeal against match referee's decision in ball tampering row.

Du Plessis fined 100% of match fees

Du Plessis, who was found guilty of applying an artificial substance to the ball during the 2nd Test against Australia in Hobart, was fined 100 per cent of his match fees by the ICC. However, the Proteas' skipper, who is currently playing the 3rd Test (day-night) against Australia in Adelaide, has chosen to appeal the verdict.

Faf du Plessis celebrates his century against Australia in the 3rd Test in Adelaide on Thursday (November 24)

"The ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal. A Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity," ICC said in a statement on Friday (November 25). 

"Mr du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

"The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage it is important to clarify the Laws of cricket. These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball. The ICC's understands that to include, but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice and residue from sweets," it added.

Further, it stated, "The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable. This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the Laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC Umpires will remind all teams of the Laws as they stand.

"Following the appeal we will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue."

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