International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to hold Faf du Plessis’ hearing for alleged ball tempering on November 22 at 15:30 local time at Adelaide.
After South Africa won the second test by simply outplaying Australia in all departments of the game, a footage emerged with the South Africa’s captain, Faf du Plessis shining the ball with a mint or sweet in his mouth.
After analysing the footage, ICC put ball tempering charges on the Proteas’ captain, but, not pleaded him guilty.
The match referee of the second test, Andy Pycroft held preliminary hearing on Monday of all the parties regarding when should the formal hearing should take place. Afterwards, he decided to hold the it before the third test of the series on November 24 “in the interests of expediency and in order to protect the integrity of the Adelaide Test”.
Earlier, it was expected that the hearing will take place after the third test match and du Plessis will feature South Africa in the day/night game. The reason behind the delay was that Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that they have engaged legal representation for du Plessis before the hearing.
South Africa are leading the three-match test series by 2-0, however, their dominance on the land of Kangaroos is overshadowed by the ball tempering controversy.