Faf du Plessis asks ICC for harsher ball tampering punishments

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) for harsher punishments towards players found guilty of ball tampering.The entire debate over ball tampering began when Cameron Bancroft and Australia captain Steve Smith sensationally accepted to an orchestrated ball tampering during the Cape Town Test against South Africa.While Bancroft was caught on camera tampering with the ball, he and Smith accepted it in the press conference after the end of the day’s play.Following the sensational developments and the reactions from world over, Smith, Bancroft and vice-captain David Warner received suspensions from Cricket Australia (CA).While Cricket Australia’s punishments were long and harsh, according to ICC’s rule book, Smith was suspended just for a month and 100 per cent of his match fees was deducted. For Bancroft, only 75 per cent of his match fees was cut.Also read – ‘We are good mates’: David Warner denies talk of rift with Steve SmithDu Plessis, who was a part of that fateful match, had said that the punishments given to Smith and Warner by CA were too harsh but he has now called for tougher punishments and rules from ICC.”I know they (ICC) met a while ago but it doesn’t look like anything has changed. It’s still the same rules and stuff, so they need to change that,” Du Plessis, who has twice been found guilty of ball tampering, told reporters ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka.”The penalties needs to be harsher for ball tampering.”advertisementAlso read – Ball-tampering saga: Smith, Warner ‘paid a heavy price’, says WatsonBall tampering incidents have rocked the sport this year, prompting the ICC to contemplate stricter punishments after admitting that fines were not enough to serve as a deterrent.”I have probably said it too much but there are too many grey areas when it comes to the ICC and the rules,” the 33-year-old right handed batsman added.”One, you want clarity and, two, you want consistency and that’s definitely something that’s not been part of that body of laws for a while now.”Currently both Smith and Warner are part of the Global T20 Canada tournament. While Smith scored 61 runs on his return to help his team Toronto Nationals beat Vancouver Knights by 6 wickets, Warner was bowled out in the second ball he faced.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more