<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="AB de Villiers says South Africa don't cheat after being penalised during 2nd Test against Pakistan" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131025214254.jpg" title="AB de Villiers says South Africa don't cheat after being penalised during 2nd Test against Pakistan" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> AB de Villiers said it is a tough job to maintain the condition of the ball © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Dubai: Oct 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> After <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> were <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/South-Africa-penalised-for-alleged-ball-tampering-during-Day-3-of-2nd-Test-against-Pakistan/32635" target="_blank">penalised five runs for ball tampering</a> against <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan </a>in the second cricket Test on Friday, <a href="/tags/AB-de-Villiers/post" target="_blank">AB de Villiers</a> insisted the Proteas were not cheats.<br /> <br /> Umpires <a href="/tags/Ian-Gould/post" target="_blank">Ian Gould</a> and <a href="/tags/Rod-Tucker/post" target="_blank">Rod Tucker</a> punished the Proteas after tea on the third day when they found a change in the condition of the ball. Television replays showed Faf du Plessis was rubbing the ball over a zip on his thigh.<br /> <br /> "Honestly, we're not the team that scratches the ball," de Villiers said.<br /> <br /> "We don't cheat, it's as simple as that. I know Faffy very well, he's the last man to try anything like that."<br /> <br /> De Villiers said du Plessis, South Africa's captain in Twenty20s, was responsible for looking after the condition of the ball and keeping the shine on.<br /> <br /> "It's not an easy job, I thought he did it very well," de Villiers said.<br /> <br /> But the umpires summoned captain Graeme Smith after the 30th over, changed the ball, and Gould signalled five penalty runs added to Pakistan's total as extras.<br /> <br /> De Villiers said he had no idea how the umpires discovered the ball's condition had changed.<br /> <br /> "There was no talk about it, no warnings and nothing, it was just out of nowhere," he said.<br /> <br /> Pakistan were 67-3 at the time in their second innings, trying to score 418 to avoid an innings defeat. Pakistan finished the day at 132-4, needing 286 runs to avoid an innings defeat.<br /> <br /> Pakistan were at the receiving end during the Oval Test in 2006, the last and only time a team was penalised five runs for ball tampering in a Test match.<br /> <br /> Then Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Inzamam-ul-Haq-mdash-the-man-who-epitomized-effortless-elegance/23634" target="_blank">reacted strongly and decided not to continue</a> the Test in protest. Australia umpire Darrell Hair reacted by awarding the game to England - the only forfeit in the history of Test cricket.<br /> <br /> This month, the ICC amended its laws regarding the condition of balls, saying "if a player responsible can be identified" the ball will be changed, a five-run penalty will be awarded, and the player responsible will be reported.<br /> <br /> It's expected the umpires will lay a charge against du Plessis to match referee David Boon.<br /> <br /> Du Plessis faces a range of penalties; a 50 to 100 percent fine of his match fees, a suspension from one Test and two one-day internationals or two Twenty20s, whichever is played first.