The ICC have set the hearing date for Faf du Plessis’ ball-tampering appeal for Monday, 19 December.
The Proteas interim captain was caught ball-tampering during his side’s dominant victory in Hobart, after footage circulated of Du Plessis shining the ball with a mint in his mouth. The story dominated the Australia media in a scandal which had been named ‘Mintgate’ and Du Plessis was later found guilty and fined 100% of his match fee.
Faf was charged by the ICC for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to ‘changing the condition of the ball’.
The ICC statement said: ‘The alleged incident happened on Tuesday morning when TV footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition.’
Michael Beloff QC has been appointed Judicial Commissioner to hear the appeal. Legal counsel for both parties will attend in Dubai, whilst Du Plessis will join via telephone.