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Faf du Plessis wants ICC to apply “harsher” punishments for ball-tampering before South Africa left to tour Sri Lanka, as per a report on ESPNCricinfo: “It’s happening too often. They definitely need to do that as quickly as possible,” he said. “I know they met a while ago but it doesn’t look like anything has changed. It’s still the same rules and stuff, so they need to change that. The penalties needs to be harsher for ball tampering.” It should be noted here that Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is coming off a one-Test ban after he was found guilty of the same offence.

ICC has, in fact, announced stricter penalties for ball-tampering, an offence currently classified as Level 2. After the ‘upgrade’ to Level 3, the ban will increase to 4 Tests or 8 ODIs from the current 1 Test or 2 ODIs.

Du Plessis also insisted on clarity on the definition of ball-tampering: “I have probably said it too much but there are too many grey areas when it comes to the ICC and the rules. One, you want clarity and, two, you want consistency and that’s definitely something that’s not been part of that body of laws for a while now. There’s a lot of captains that have been speaking about it for a lot of years so, hopefully, when they do bring in all these new things there will be a lot of clarity and, most importantly, consistency for all teams.”

It may be noted here that du Plessis was himself penalised for ball-tampering twice in UAE in 2013 and in Australia in 2016. In the latter, he escaped a ban, something Chandimal could not. In fact, Chandimal is now up against another sanction after being charged with a Level 3 offence for violating the spirit of cricket.