Du Plessis likely to appeal against ICC’s verdict
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.