South Africa has sent alarming messages to the Australian camp with their fierce bowling in the first two tests of the ongoing Australia vs South Africa Test series which started a couple of weeks back. However, things are getting tense in the South African camp as well since news has come in that South Africa’s stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has been charged with the issue of ball tampering. If this turns out to be true, this going to be really tough for the South African camp to prevent any sort of punishment for Faf.
Reports have come in that Faf du Plessis has been caught in the video footage of the recently concluded Australia vs South Africa second test in Hobart that he is applying some synthetic substance into the ball. He has been witnessed to be putting saliva on the ball while having a lolly in his mouth and the incident happened during the fourth day of the test match when Australia was trying to avoid an innings defeat.
International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged the stand-in South African captain Faf du Plessis for breaching Article 2.2.9 of ICC’s Code of Conduct. du Plessis’s charge is related to the changing of the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3. The charge has been laid by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who has practised his right according to the Article 3.1.3 of the Code.
The Governing Body announced on Wednesday, “The charge relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 and has been laid by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who has exercised his right to do so.” The ICC also added, “Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge … Details of the hearing will be announced in due course,” the governing body added.
Although the South African stand-in captain Faf du Plessis has pleaded not guilty possibilities are high that he might have to pay a hefty fine for that. The hearing will be held within few days under the supervision of Andy Pycroft who is a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. If proven guilty, du Plessis will have to be paying the penalty between 80 to 100 percent which is the standard for breaching any sort of Level 2 offence.
The third test match between South Africa and Australia will start on November 24, 2016, at Adelaide. Australia will be looking forward to salvaging some sort of pride as they have already lost the first two of the three test match series. South Africa, on the other hand, will be trying to make it 3-0 which will be really humiliating for the Aussies. However, it remains to be seen what happens in the ball-tampering case which hangs on the shoulder of the stand-in captain of South Africa, Faf du Plessis.