‘Is chewing gum allowed? – Faf seeks clarity on tampering rules

South Africa skipper Faf Du Plessis is likely to speak to the umpires before the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo from July 12.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis addresses a press conference in Colombo ahead of the first Test against Sri Lanka.   -  AFP

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is still not clear on the revised ball-tampering rules set by the International Cricket Council. The ICC, last week, made the punishment harsher for the offenders — extending the one-Test ban to six Test matches or 12 One Day Internationals — leaving Du Plessis bemused.

“I think it’s important to say that I’m not clear yet on that matter,” Du Plessis was quoted as saying.

“The ICC obviously made the penalties a lot stricter, but they still haven’t said what is allowed and what isn’t. Is chewing gum allowed, is it not? Are you allowed to have mints in your mouth?” he further inquired.

Du Plessis is likely to speak to the umpires before the first Test match against Sri Lanka here from July 12.

“As Hashim Amla said, he likes to have sweets in his mouth and he spends a long time on the field. There is nothing wrong with that,” he added.

The South African cricketer welcomed ICC’s decision to make ball-tampering laws more stringent and said that it will reduce the frequency of such incidents.

“We know now the penalties are much harsher. So I would expect there would see less of that in the game. The penalties that are there now are going to make him think twice because you’re going to miss a lot of cricket if you do that he said,” he said “As a captain of any team you want consistency through all teams and you want clarity,” du Plessis added.

Du Plessis was witness to the ball-tampering scandal — involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — in the third Test match against Australia at Newlands in March.

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