After the recent Faf du Plessis ball tampering drama, Indian test captain Virat Kohli has been alleged for the same offense by a social tabloid from England.
The Faf du Plessis hearing and the the fine imposed on him by the ICC made news in the cricket world recently. Over the past few days, all kinds of talks have emerged over this matter. Initially, the Proteas thought the matter was silly but were subsequently in for a shock when they discovered that the ICC had been investigating the matter.
As the seriousness of the issue surfaced, several former cricketers took to social media and expressed their displeasure. Graeme Smith, Matthew Hayden and Matt Prior rubbished the matter. And yesterday, just as the news from the hearing spread, another irrelevant revelation emerged – this time it came from an English tabloid.
The tabloid uploaded videos of India’s Test Skipper Virat Kohli applying saliva to the ball as a mint like substance stuck out of his mouth. Definitely, you would think this matter would be investigated now and Virat would be hauled up for an official hearing. But not!
Turns out that any Level 1 or Level 2 offence under the ICC Code of Conduct’s purview ought to be brought to the match referee’s notice within a period of five days of the incident having taken place.
The images of Virat Kohli were from England’s second inning at the Rajkot Test. Given that the matter was played more than 5 days ago, England cannot appeal for the incident to be reviewed.
Du Plessis wasn’t that lucky that way. ICC CEO Dave Richardson filed the charge on November 18, three days after the incident. Therefore, the fact that the video evidence against the South African skipper surfaced within five days meant the matter had to be investigated by ICC.
Also, nobody except the match umpires, CEOs of the boards of the teams playing or the ICC CEO can file violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.
All in all, as long as Kohli is out of controversy, Indian fans are happy.
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