‘Need more clarity on ball-tampering rules’

South Africa cricket team captain Faf du Plessis said he is still unclear about the revised ball-tampering rules and needs clarity on the same.

“I think it’s important to say that I’m not clear yet on that matter,” Sports24 quoted du Plessis, as saying.

The ICC recently made the ball-tampering punishment harsher for the offenders, extending the ban up to six Test matches or 12 ODIs. Earlier, there was a provision for one-Test ban.

“The ICC obviously made the penalties a lot stricter, but they still haven’t said what is allowed and what isn’t. Is chewing gum allowed, is it not? Are you allowed to have mints in your mouth?” he further inquired.

Will speak to umpires

He stated that he will speak to umpires to get some clarity on the matter before heading into the first Test against Sri Lanka here on July 12.

“As Hashim Amla said, he likes to have sweets in his mouth and he spends a long time in the field. There is nothing wrong with that,” he added.

The South African cricketer welcomed ICC’s decision to make ball-tampering laws more stringent and said that it will reduce the frequency of such incidents.

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