South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been charged for 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 in Hobart, which concluded on Tuesday. The date for hearing still has to be fixed after du Plesis pleaded not guilty to charge.
Andy Pycroft, of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will chair the hearing. Further details of the hearing will be announced in due course.
The alleged incident happened, during the 54th over of the second innings of Australia in Hobart, du Plessis was seen licking his finger with a white lolly in his mouth before shining the ball. Incidentally, Joe Mennie was bowled to a delivery that swung in late during the same over.
All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.
Here is the video of it, in which he was seen clearly licking his finger with a white lolly and shining the ball.