Mintgate appeal hearing date set

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The ball tampering saga that engulfed the cricketing world and divided opinions is set to be concluded on December 19.

That is the date the ICC has set for stand-in Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis’ appeal against the guilty verdict handed to him by match referee Andy Pycroft ahead of the Adelaide Test.

A statement from the ICC read: “The ICC confirms the hearing date for Faf du Plessis’ appeal will be Monday 19 December. Michael Beloff QC has been appointed Judicial Commissioner to hear the appeal.

“Legal counsel for both parties will attend in Dubai, whilst Mr du Plessis will join via telephone.

“The ICC will publish the result of the hearing through its usual channels and will not be making any further comment until that time.”

The man standing in for regular skipper AB de Villiers has maintained his innocence throughout proceedings saying after the verdict: “I was shining the cricket ball. I have been doing that my whole career. Every single team I have played in does exactly the same thing.

“It’s not something that’s frowned upon by anyone, not even the umpires … I just think it was a little bit blown out of proportion.”