Du Plessis Fined For Ball Tampering

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to ball tampering
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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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs