South Africa penalised for ball tampering

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South Africa penalised for ball tampering

South Africa were docked five penalty runs for ball-tampering on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.

By Liaqat Ali

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Published: Sat 26 Oct 2013, 8:16 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:08 PM

It is the only the second incident in the history of cricket that a team were given a five-run penalty.

South African fielder Faf du Plessis was caught rubbing the ball on the zip he had on the pocket. Few moments earlier, Vernon Philander was also found scratching the ball with his nails.

After these incidents, the umpire Ian Gould warned South African captain Graeme Smith and changed the ball. The hearing was likely to be held after the match.

The decision meant the umpires had decided the ball’s condition had been changed contrary to the rules of the game.

The International Cricket Council has confirmed the incident.

“As per 42.1 of the ICC playing conditions, the umpires replaced the ball and fined South Africa team five penalty runs for ball tampering,” an ICC spokesman said.

Under International Cricket Council (ICC) rule 42.1 on tampering, if an umpire spots a change in the condition of the ball but doesn’t know who is the culprit, he will issue a first and final warning to the captain and the ball will be changed.

In case the ball is tampered with again, the bowling team will face a five-run penalty and umpires will not only change the ball again but the captain will be held responsible and reported.

Earlier, it happened in 2006 when umpires Darrel Hair and Billy Doctrove imposed the same penalty on Pakistan team, led by Inzamam-ul-Haq, for tampering with the ball. It happened during the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval. The Pakistani players refused to take field after the tea break in protest and the umpires declared England as winners.

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