ICC ‘disappointed’ over du Plessis ball-tampering appeal

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed “disappointment” at Faf du Plessis’ decision to appeal against an ICC decision which ruled him guilty of ball tampering and imposed a fine of 100% of his match fee.

“The ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal,” the ICC said in a statement.

“A Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity,” it added.

Faf du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2. 2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an ‘artificial substance’ to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

The South African captain rejected the findings of ICC match referee Andy Pycroft and announced to appeal against the sentence last night.

“Faf has decided to appeal the match referee’s decision after he and his legal team had studied the written reasons provided by the match referee,” Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said on Thursday.

“In his mind Faf is clear that he did not alter the condition of the ball nor did he intend to do so and that the match referee was not correct to find him guilty. He is understandably feeling aggrieved,” Lorgat said in the statement released by CSA.

But ICC insisted that Faf du Plessis was guilty of breaching players code of conduct and said that the decision against the South Africa captain was according to the laws of the game.

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