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18 November 2016
South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis has been charged for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, according to an ICC statement.
This is after television footage showing him applying what seemed to be saliva and later identified as an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test in Hobart.
The charge has been laid by the ICC chief David Richardson and relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3.
Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter will now be heard by Andy Pycroft of the elite panel of ICC match referees.