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Faf du Plessis hearing scheduled on 19th December

Faf du Plessis at a press conference before the third Test against Australia
Faf du Plessis at a press conference before the third Test against Australia

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced 19th December as the date of hearing of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis' appeal against ball-tampering verdict.

Michael Beloff QC, who is the head of chairman of ICC' Code of Conduct Commission has been appointed the judicial commissioner for the hearing.

Du Plessis was docked 100 percent of his match fee after match referee Andy Pycroft found him guilty of breaching of Law 42.3 which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball' after TV footage showed him applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth on more than one occasion during the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

However, not satisfied with the outcome, the 32-year-old appealed against the verdict along with support from Cricket South Africa which did not please the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson.

"I think it's fair to say I'm disappointed that they don't respect that the laws are there. They are there and the process is not necessarily respected. I was disappointed in the initial sort of comment that this is a joke - that kind of comment," Richardson said on 25th November.

"But full marks to them, subsequent to that they've acknowledged we attend the hearing, go through the process and follow it.

"So perhaps that initial reaction I thought was uncalled for but subsequently it's within their rights."

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