South Africa penalised for alleged ball tampering during Day 3 of 2nd Test against Pakistan

Graeme Smith was called by umpires for a chat before changing the ball © Getty Images (File photo)

Oct 25, 2013

South Africa were on Friday fined five penalty runs during the third day of the second and final Test against Pakistan for ball tampering allegations.

The International Cricket Council informed on Twitter, “Umpires replace ball and fine South Africa five runs for ball tampering on third day in the Dubai Test.” 

The incident happened before the start of the 31st over of Pakistan’s second innings as umpires Rod Tucker (Australia) and Ian Gould (England) called South Africa captain Graeme Smith for a chat.

Though no player was called during the talk, replays on television showed Faf du Plessis rubbing the ball on his trousers which had a zip.

The umpires changed the ball and penalised South Africa by five runs.