Faf du Plessis Captain of South Africa, he said on Wednesday the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation by the International Cricket Council and denied any wrongdoing after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the second test against Australia.
The Board was threatened penalty for the same offence in 2013, was charged last week after footage emerged from the Hobart test of him applying saliva to the ball with
spearmint in his mouth.
Cricketers in the field are approved to, and routinely do, ‘slightly wavering light’ one side of the ball by applying dribble with their fingers and scouring it on their uniforms to exhort the ball to swing in the air when it is bowled. After endurance test ICC hearing in the capital and chief port of state of south Australia on Tuesday, the 32-year-old was fined his entire match fee but cleared to play in the series finale in Australia.
The ICC pronouncement was preserved by its South African Chief Executive David Richardson as a “line in the sand” but current and former players slammed the decision, saying every team shined the ball in the same way. Du Plessis, standing in for injured regular skipper AB de Villiers, expressed regret that the case had taken away from his team’s series-winning triumph in Australia and said he had never intended to cheat.