South African batsman Faf du Plessis has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to ball tampering during the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
Pakistan were awarded five extra runs on day three after the umpires spotted du Plessis rubbing the ball against the zip of his trousers and changing its condition.
Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the Level 2 breach of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct and was fined accordingly.
TV Umpire Paul Reiffel had brought the matter to the attention of his on-field colleagues Rod Tucker and Ian Gould and all three, along with fourth official Shozab Raza, laid the charge against du Plessis.
Du Plessis pleaded guilty on Friday evening and match referee David Boon handed the fine to him on Saturday morning, ahead of day four.
"I am satisfied that the player’s actions warranted the umpires applying clause 42.1.1 of the ICC Test Match Playing Conditions, including the laying of a charge under the ICC Code of Conduct against Mr du Plessis in respect of changing the condition of the ball," Boon said.
"After discussions with Mr du Plessis, he has elected not to contest that charge, but I am also satisfied that this was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball, and that the imposition of a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee is appropriate considering the circumstances."
Had du Plessis contested the charge, and still been found guilty, he could have been facing a fine of 100 percent of his match fee and the addition of suspension points to his record which would have seen him miss a Test match, two One-Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals.
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