South Africa’s skipper, Faf du Plessis will lead the side in the third test of the series against Australia at Adelaide as the hearing for ball tempering allegation is postponed till at least the end of the series.
One of the major reasons behind the delay is that Cricket South Africa (CSA) has engaged legal representation for du Plessis before the hearings. In this scenario the proceedings are a bit different from the usual ones as the player and the team management deal directly with the concerned match-referee and calls for governing body to also engage players.
There is possibility that CSA’s legal representatives come to Adelaide for the proceedings and an initial hearing take place on Wednesday. However, it could end in their home, South Africa because the Proteas will soon fly back after the third test.
South Africa completely dominated the hosts in the two of the three-match test series so far, but, the recent controversy of ball tempering has stolen the spotlight. Hashim Amla lead a hard-hitting press conference along with the whole squad just a day after du Plessis was accused, since then, South Africa have been aggressive about the issue.
Faf du Plessis is not facing any media-persons and an ugly incident took place on Monday when an Australian reported tried to question South African captain and he was shouldered away from du Plessis by the security manager.
South Africa’s tour manager Mohammed Moosajee said in an official statement, “The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball-tampering issue.
“However, despite our best intentions to co-operate with the Australian media, Channel 9 News’ behaviour has been disappointing. We have advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the team’s hotel on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in Adelaide today. This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol.
“The ‘reporter’ at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment. The ‘reporter’ was also in the unusual position of being in the middle of the players’ walkway to the bus. He was advised to move three times, and did not adhere to this request. The ‘reporter’, who also had no official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown object causing a direct breach of security protocol. The reporter also shoved the team manager in the back.
“Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with utmost respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter.”