Friday, 18 November 2016

South African Captain Faf Du Plessis charged with ball tampering following 2nd Test in Australia

Looking around social media and comments made  in newspaper articles the current ball tampering allegation that has been created by Faf Du Plessis has split the cricket community. 

BUT perhaps some with the view that this is just Australian "sourgrapes" might just soften a little with the fact that the South African Captain has been charged with breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct. 

As you can see on the video of the TV footage he clearly adds saliva to the ball (which is not a crime) but the claim is he had a white sweet which he was rubbing as well. Also pretty clear on the video if you ask me. But, Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

When the charge will be heard has yet to be decided.

South Africa won the match very convincingly, the punishment if found guilty is a fine and/or points deducted. So it is unlikely to change the result but it is something that needs sorting out.

What do you think? My view is that yes guilty, but where do we go from here, as it opens up a complete minefield. 

Its pretty clear what Dale Steyn thinks about it anyway, no need to read between the lines


  1. From all the games I have watched pretty much everyone in the field chews gum. Would there saliva not tamper with the ball? What if you didn't brush your teeth that day? Or you ate very spicy food for lunch? I think all of the above could play an extremely minor role in affecting the ball somewhat. As does just regular saliva. How would we regulate this moving forward? Especially since loads of players enjoy chewing gum. I think the law falls into a very grey area and it will be extremely difficult to find him guilty. If anything they need to make some changes to the law.