Du Plessis fined after pleading guilty to ball tampering

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Du Plessis was fined 50 per cent of his match fee

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to ball tampering.

The incident occurred in the 31st over of Pakistan’s second innings when the on-field umpires, Ian Gould and Rod Tucker, called South Africa captain Graeme Smith over for a chat about the condition of the ball.

Match referee David Boon brought the charges against du Plessis, but only fined him 50 per cent of his match fee since he believed it “was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball”.

An International Cricket Council (ICC) release said: “Before the start of fourth day’s play on Saturday, David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees handed the fine to du Plessis who had pleaded guilty on Friday evening.”

Speaking about the incident, Boon said: “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. 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.”

Du Plessis was charged under Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”.

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