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The ICC is sad Faf Won't Take Their Guilty Verdict Lying Down

The international cricket council says it's disappointed he's appealing its verdict against him.

25/11/2016 09:05 SAST | Updated 25/11/2016 09:06 SAST
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Cricket - Australia v South Africa - Third Test cricket match - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia - 23/11/16. South Africa's cricket captain Faf du Plessis speaks at a news conference before the third cricket test against Australia in Adelaide. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is has expressed its disappointment after Proteas captain Faf du Plessis chose not to accept the findings of match referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal.

A judicial commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity.

Du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2. 2.9 of the ICC code of conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

"The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage it is important to clarify the laws of cricket. These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball. The ICC's understands that to include, but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice and residue from sweets," the ICC said via a press statement released on Friday.

"The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable. This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC umpires will remind all teams of the laws as they stand.

"Following the appeal we will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue."