The International Cricket Council confirmed on Tuesday (December 6) that the hearing on Faf du Plessis’s appeal against his conviction on ball-tampering charges would take place on December 19 in Dubai.
Michael Beloff QC has been appointed the judicial commissioner, and while the legal teams of both parties will attend the hearing in Dubai, du Plessis is set to join via telephone.
Du Plessis, the South Africa captain, was fined his entire match fee after being caught on camera sucking a sweet, or mint, and rubbing the ball with his saliva in an alleged attempt to enhance swing during the second Test against Australia in Hobart, which South Africa won by an innings and 80 runs.
Du Plessis stands the risk of having his punishment increased at the heading by the judicial commissioner. According to Article 126.96.36.199, the judicial commissioner has “the power to increase or decrease, amend or otherwise substitute a new decision on the appropriateness (or otherwise) of the sanction imposed at first instance, provided that any new sanction is within the permitted range of sanctions.”
The decision of the judicial commissioner will be final and binding on both parties.
The original call to penalise du Plessis was taken after the cricketer attended a hearing with Andy Pycroft of the ICC match referees’ panel.
Du Plessis expressed his disappointment at the initial ruling, stating that the ICC had “opened a can of worms”. He then scored an unbeaten 118 in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide, revealing that the verdict had “really motivated” him, and confirmed his decision to appeal ICC’s verdict.
However, the ICC then released a statement saying they were disappointed with du Plessis exercising his right to appeal the decision. “The ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of match referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal,” the ICC said.
Du Plessis led South Africa to a 2-1 win in the three-match series in Australia, but AB de Villiers is expected to return as captain for the home series against Sri Lanka.