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Vernon Philander ball-tampering footage surfaces online after Ten Sports airs it

The footage of South African fast bowler Vernon Philander tampering with the board on Day 3 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa earlier this month has surfaced online after Ten Sports, the official broadcaster of the series, decided to air the footage on the final day of the test, despite Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) best efforts to avoid its broadcast.

The South African board had threatened to take their broadcasting rights away and to ban them from interviewing South African players in the future. The channel however chose to go against their will, quite like last year when they chose to show the television audience the footage of Faf du Plessis attempting to commit a similar offence against Pakistan.

Philander had been fined 75% of his match fee. On-Field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong along with match referee Jeff Crowe had found Philander scratching the surface of the ball with his fingers and thumb.

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