Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that Faf du Plessis will appeal against the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) verdict over ball tempering allegations.
After conducting a hearing for as long as three hours, the ICC fined du Plessis for 100% of his match fees, however, he was able to avoid one-match ban.
South Africa have 48-hours, since the Proteas captain will receive the written decision, to appeal against decision, Cricket South Africa has not formally issued a word, but, likely to appeal against the verdict.
In case of an appeal, fresh hearing will take place in front of a judicial commissioner, who will reweigh the evidences and can decrease or even increase du Plessis’ punishment.
South Africa’s skipper can face maximum of 100% of the match fee and suspension for a test match. As per the law, a breach of level two ICC Code of Conduct can result in fine of full match fee and two suspension points (equal to a test match).
Faf du Plessis came under fire when his footage of shining the ball with a mint in his mouth circulated on media. ICC analyzed the footage and put charges of ball tempering on him, however, he was not pleaded guilty at that moment.
Just a day after the incident, Hashim Amla, on behalf of the whole South African squad, coined ICC’s decision as ‘a joke’ during a press conference.
South Africa are leading the three-match test series by 2-0, they have dominated the hosts on the their tour so far.