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ICC boss hits out at Amla, Faf and Proteas

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson gave predecessor Haroon Lorgat and South Africa veteran Hashim Amla a polite clip as the ball-tampering saga rolled on in Adelaide.

Cricket South Africa boss Lorgat released a statement on Friday confirming Faf du Plessis was "understandably feeling aggrieved" and would appeal the ICC's decision to find him guilty of ball tampering.

Lorgat had already foreshadowed the decision, digging in alongside an equally indignant du Plessis at Wednesday's press conference prior to the third Test in Adelaide.

The Proteas have expressed no shortage of outrage since footage emerged from the second Test of South Africa's skipper applying saliva to the ball with a mint in his mouth.

Amla, normally among the most softly-spoken international cricketers, declared the allegations were a joke at a feisty press conference that followed the Proteas taking an unassailable lead in the three-Test series against Australia.

"I'm disappointed that they don't respect that the laws are there. They are there and the process is not necessarily respected," Richardson said on Friday.

"I was disappointed in the initial sort of comment that this is a joke ... that initial reaction I thought was uncalled for but subsequently it's within their rights (to appeal)."

Richardson attempted to clarify the laws governing the use of mints to help shine the ball, but disagreed with Lorgat's assertion they were unclear.

Richardson, who played 42 Tests for South Africa, also made it clear the ICC was "disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of match referee Andy Pycroft".

"A player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball," he said.

"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.

"We will only really charge someone if it's obviously being done for that particular purpose.

"These decisions are not taken lightly. Because it was just so obvious under the current laws, we thought we had to report him."

Du Plessis was fined 100 per cent of his match fee, approximately $2500, but avoided suspension.

The South Africa skipper posted an unbeaten century on day one of the ongoing day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, where he was booed by some locals upon reaching three figures.

Relations between the ICC and Cricket South Africa have been stretched during the saga, with former ICC boss Lorgat noting Richardson was "part of the brigade that used to shine the ball" in his playing career.

"That comment was probably inappropriate," Richardson said.

"I was the wicketkeeper and had no real need to shine the ball in any way ...I used lip-ice and sunscreen religiously for 30 years - and never put it on the ball."

Richardson added Lorgat "jumped the gun" in suggesting the issue was on the agenda of the ICC's cricket committee.

"But I think that in light of this incident and of other comments being made by players around the world, I think it's fair to say it should be discussed by the cricket committee," he said.

"Following the appeal we will review the matter along with our members and the MCC."

The ICC is yet to appoint an independent judicial commissioner to hear du Plessis' appeal.

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