Faf shocked at ICC inaction over Bangalore DRS-incident


Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has weighed in on the controversy that arose from the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.

Du Plessis still feels the ICC treated his case of ball tampering harshly with many past and present players admitting applying saliva laced with sugar from gum or sweets to the ball is a common practice.

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson described the ball tampering incident shown on video as an ‘obvious breach’ of the law, which leaves one wondering what the Smith incident is as nearly everyone in the ground immediately reacted with shock.

In light of this the Proteas captain is shocked that no action was taken against Steve Smith for his blatantly obvious attempt to cheat the DRS rules in the second Test against India.

After rain had washed out day five of the Test between New Zealand and the Proteas ending the match in a draw du Plessis said: “I was [surprised that no one was charged] purely from the reason of what I went through for something I feel was a lot smaller and a lot less… whatever you want to call it. So yes, surprised with that.”

Du Plessis would make no further comment on the DRS issue and the subsequent allegations of unsporting behavior by Virat Kohli against the Aussie skipper, perhaps not wanting to risk raising the ire of the ICC.

The man who has won every Test series as captain so far feels that this series against New Zealand is unlikely to flare up like a clash with India or Australia could.

He went on: “Us and New Zealand are very similar in the way we play.

“We respect each other on and off the field and we play a similar brand of cricket. We don’t see that the way you carry on off the field will have an effect on the outcome.

“When you play a team like India and Australia that can happen and it’s easy to see how that can blow up. For me it has been good to be on the other side for a bit and to see how things unfold. It would have been interesting to see how the Australian media would have reacted to me doing that.”