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23rd of July 2018


South Africa captain calls for harsher punishments for ball-tampering

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called for the ICC to "apply harsher" punishments to those who are caught altering the condition of the ball.

He has been found guilty of ball-tampering twice that was in UAE in 2013 and at Australia in 2016 and been on the receiving end of it at least once by Australia, in 2018.

Before du Plessis left to play Sri Lanka he was asked whether the ICC should change the regulations around the issue and was decisive in his response.

"They have to. It's happening too often. They definitely need to do that as quickly as possible," he said. "I know they 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. The penalties need to be harsher for ball tampering."

In fact, the ICC is set to approve stricter penalties for the offence imminently.

Under the revised rules, ball tampering will be upgraded from a Level 2 offence to Level 3, meaning the maximum penalty for such a breach would increase from a ban of one Test or two ODIs to a ban of four Tests or eight ODIs.

The South African team will arrive in Sri Lanka this evening (Jul 02).

They will play two Tests, five ODI’s and a solitary T20 international against Sri Lanka.

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