Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 3rd day October 25, 2013

South Africa penalised for ball-tampering

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South Africa penalised for ball-tampering

South Africa were penalised five runs for ball-tampering on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai. Faf du Plessis was the player in the centre of the controversy and the ICC said its ruling on the incident will be announced tomorrow.

The ICC confirmed that the five-run penalty and the change of ball after 30 overs was due to ball-tampering. "As per 42.1 of the ICC playing conditions, the umpires replaced the ball and fined South Africa team five penalty runs for ball-tampering," an ICC spokesperson said.

The incident took place at the start of the 31st over of Pakistan's innings, two overs after tea, when umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker called South African captain Graeme Smith for a chat. The fourth umpire, Shozab Raza, brought a box of balls onto the field and a new one was selected for use.

No individual player has been charged yet but television images showed du Plessis rubbing the ball allegedly on the zipper of his trouser pocket.

The playing conditions (see sidebar) dealing with ball-tampering were changed recently, coming into effect only from October 1. Any player found guilty of ball-tampering, which is a Level Two offence, will be fined 50 to 100% of his match fee and/or get a ban of one Test or two ODIs or two Twenty20s, whichever come first.

South Africa were well in control of the Test, having taken a commanding 418-run first-innings lead, when the incident occurred.

The only other time a team was handed a five-run penalty for ball-tampering was in the infamous Oval Test in 2006, in which Pakistan refused to take the field after the umpires deemed that the seam on the ball had been raised.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on October 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Salman Habib raises an interesting point, but was the Law worded exactly this way back in 2006 or were umpires then empowered to issue a 5-run penalty without warning? Either way, the Law doesn't make provision for a team to refuse to take the field simply because they feel they've been badly done by. Then (as with SA in this match) five runs were neither here nor there, and the adult thing to have done would be to finish winning it and take any necessary steps afterwards.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    People drawing parallel with the oval incident should realize that the sanction 42.1.2 was applicable there as there was hard proof evidence in that match against any player unlike this match and no player was identified for ball tampering. Hence 5 runs awarded in that match was in contrast with the law

  • CricLook on October 26, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I don't to join the argument whether the punishment is soft or hard, What really interesting is if the incident happens in opposing side i.e Pakistani bowlers may did the a same thing , it will get much media coverage, probably harder punishment. SA should be treated equally, nothing more , nothing less

  • nursery_ender on October 26, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Posted by Ateeq Farooq on (October 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT) Why they charged for only 5 runs. This is not a small crime. ICC and match referee should take some action about it. They have evidence

    The same reason Pakistan were only charged five runs at the Oval. That's what the rules say.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    It's truly remarkable to see how Pakistan fans are calling for tougher penalties when the last time this happened their team thought a 5-run penalty was excessive and unfair

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Completely agree that a 5 run penalty is a joke but give the ICC a day or two to announce larger penalties and sanctions. Regarding the forfeit in 2006, remember that was caused by Pakistan refusing to take the field, not because of the ball tampering incident.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    you too Brutus? your team is known for its levelheadedness.One is really surprised.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    ICC will make a decision after the conclusion of the test. Consider the Afridi chapter, i'm sure players will be banned for some games and rightly so. Otherwise, the penalty should be made more severe to deter it from happening it again.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    could you bellive it? how come if it would have happend to an asian team what would have the reaction of ICC

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Why they charged for only 5 runs. This is not a small crime. ICC and match referee should take some action about it. They have evidence

  • on October 26, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Salman Habib raises an interesting point, but was the Law worded exactly this way back in 2006 or were umpires then empowered to issue a 5-run penalty without warning? Either way, the Law doesn't make provision for a team to refuse to take the field simply because they feel they've been badly done by. Then (as with SA in this match) five runs were neither here nor there, and the adult thing to have done would be to finish winning it and take any necessary steps afterwards.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    People drawing parallel with the oval incident should realize that the sanction 42.1.2 was applicable there as there was hard proof evidence in that match against any player unlike this match and no player was identified for ball tampering. Hence 5 runs awarded in that match was in contrast with the law

  • CricLook on October 26, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    I don't to join the argument whether the punishment is soft or hard, What really interesting is if the incident happens in opposing side i.e Pakistani bowlers may did the a same thing , it will get much media coverage, probably harder punishment. SA should be treated equally, nothing more , nothing less

  • nursery_ender on October 26, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Posted by Ateeq Farooq on (October 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT) Why they charged for only 5 runs. This is not a small crime. ICC and match referee should take some action about it. They have evidence

    The same reason Pakistan were only charged five runs at the Oval. That's what the rules say.

  • on October 26, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    It's truly remarkable to see how Pakistan fans are calling for tougher penalties when the last time this happened their team thought a 5-run penalty was excessive and unfair

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Completely agree that a 5 run penalty is a joke but give the ICC a day or two to announce larger penalties and sanctions. Regarding the forfeit in 2006, remember that was caused by Pakistan refusing to take the field, not because of the ball tampering incident.

  • on October 26, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    you too Brutus? your team is known for its levelheadedness.One is really surprised.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    ICC will make a decision after the conclusion of the test. Consider the Afridi chapter, i'm sure players will be banned for some games and rightly so. Otherwise, the penalty should be made more severe to deter it from happening it again.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    could you bellive it? how come if it would have happend to an asian team what would have the reaction of ICC

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Why they charged for only 5 runs. This is not a small crime. ICC and match referee should take some action about it. They have evidence

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Pakistan recall khurram Manzoor and Shan masoor

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Double standards Where is ICC now they are not watching what African are doing. Your all Rules for Pakistan. Why they are not taking action against them???????????????????????

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    A few are belittling the incident, saying that SA had no need for it. Presence or absence of motivation does not change a crime. A crime is a crime, irrespective of who does it (whether minnow or star) , whether under instigation or not, or whether there is a visibly / measurably potential gain or not! And, it needs a deterrent punishment.

    I am also surprised that there is no reaction from CSA. At least I didn't read it anywhere.

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    If running on pitch IRFAN was not allowed to ball in the innings so why not there should be a 50 or 100 runs penalty so that it maters why only 5 runs penalty..

  • naeemumer on October 26, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Totally agree with some that ICC should penalised the team, if confirmed with this allegation, for minimum of 200 runs so teams will think thrice before doing this kind of act and other team should get maximum benefit. 5 runs penalty is just a joke. Comeon ICC, dont just make rules, think also before making rules....

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Penalty should be more severe for ball tampering. Shame on SA !!

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    To all you who say that the penalty of 5 runs doesn't do justice and accusing ICC for double standard when it comes to Pakistan in these issues, I urge you to carefully read the article! It has the ICC will announce its ruling tomorrow. Thank you!

  • babarzia on October 26, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    I have been playing watching cricket for years and I have never seen zippers on cricket trousers/pants in that location ever. It is a very subtle design, and is in a very unusual location at best. Were these ordered and approved by SA cricket/management/players ? a very relevant question for ICC to ask I believe. But again it is Pakistan at the receiving end, so nothing will happen probably.

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Really surprised!! but NOT by seeing the ball tampering, but by seeing the justice served by ICC. What would have been, if PAK were in place of SA?

  • Omair23 on October 26, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @Shrikant Manjrekar the Oval game was not forfeited due to ball tampering, it was because Pakistan team refused to get on the field after the break.

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    South Africa may win the game but they have surely lost respect.

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Sad incifent. The video evidence is enough but the the individual should be penalized and not the sport

  • on October 26, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    If someone has memory loss about the past, I would like to refresh the memories of the famous Test forfeited against PAK few years back. Same way the natural justice says that this match should be forfeited in favor of PAK as act of ball tempering had effected INTRINSICALLY PAK's batting. There can't be different rules for different teams. There should be no play further after giving reports to match referee by field umpires. Think if IND was in place of SA.....Let it go. What would be if PAK was in place of SA. Justice had been denied to PAK now.

  • on October 26, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    This is not a small crime....Match referee should ban this match...

  • Aminzai on October 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    I believe, looking at the discipline Cricket South Africa has got, even before the ICC could have announced its ruling on the incident, the South African management should have taken strict measures to penalize

  • on October 26, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Why double system Pakistan can be punished heavily for same mistake 5runs

    penalty,which world we are living in............................

  • ICKY on October 26, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Bravo ICC Such a severe punishment for ball tempering. Are you kidding me. This test match has lost its integrity and should have been declared null and void. The punishment of match fee is total befooling public. This test match has totally lost its veracity and reliability. Please don't force people to hate this game. Call this test match off NOW without further ball bowled. Punish the elite teams also the way ICC has been punishing the least favored teams.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on October 26, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    5 runs penalty just not enough. ICC / match refree should award the match to Pak. Also, I don't understand why quality team like SA has to employ tricks that ordinary team like Lanka would use? Shame.....

  • on October 26, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    very very sad incident, SA will win the match but lose morality and ethics

  • kayveepee on October 26, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    Shame on you SA. Thought you were the gentlemen of cricket. Maybe all should not be tarnished with the same brush. But Captain should have very talk with Faf..

  • featurewriter on October 26, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    That video evidence is pretty damning. I agree with some comments posted here about the penalties for ball tampering. I think it should be a personal penalty, as in other sports such as soccer, hockey and rugby. If a player is found to have tampered with the ball he should be immediately suspended - maybe out for that particular innings, for example (or a specific number of overs, that way it can carry over if it is late in the final innings of a match). If you consider teams play about 90 overs per day, perhaps a card system that provides a warning, then a breach with up to 100 overs and then worst-case scenario an immediate match ban with the subject player having to front a judiciary to determine any further penalty (under a green, yellow, red card system, for example). Playing with 10 players will go a long way toward reducing the breaches. I'm an enormous fan of this South African team and I doubted the authenticity of the claim - until I saw that video.

  • on October 26, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Ir it was the other way around, we would been screaming our heads off! I am a SA supporter but if I were the Pakistan management, would ask for this Test to be declared null and void.No wonder that the ball started reversing ... there is simply no room for cheating in cricket.I am really disappointed in our lads since it also looks like a team effort!

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    The ICC should change the rule who ever player which ever team that was who found guilty in Ball tempering the match should be called off and given to opponents

  • asim229 on October 26, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Why Only 5 runs penalty for doing such a big thing like ball tempering.Even 500 runs penalty seems less for such a big thing which can change the result of the match.

  • ghous75 on October 26, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    only 5runs penalty is not sufficient. you changed the directions of all happenings and pay only 5runs? this will encourage ball tampering. everyone will b happy with that.

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    come on umpires only 5 runs penalty there must be other charges for the players thats unfair!!!

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    bad for the game this is. Tough luck Pakistan

  • sohaibahmad on October 26, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    If it was Pakistan who had done it, everyone would be supporting the penalty and calling for harsher measures,,,

  • on October 26, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    ICC should consider forfeting this match in favor of pakistan and teach a lesson to so called No. 1 test team in the world. its a fair deal. did anyone remember 2006 eng vs pak test?

  • on October 26, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    When pak did it and reversed the ball they were even penalized with the match. I don't understand why pak had not been awarded the match.

  • on October 26, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    i think faf was explaining how ball started to reverse in 1st innings aftr 20 ovrs

  • pharaohsdad on October 26, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Does 5 Penalty runs mean anything in the context of this game ?

  • on October 26, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    I am wondering if it was the other way & Pakistani players had done it & this place would have been flooded with comments :)

  • vladtepes on October 26, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    if you want to stop this kind of thing make the penalty hurt. instead of a measly 5 runs (not even a maximum six), make the penalty a fraction of the lead. this is particularly useful if the tampering has been going on for a while; kind of unfair for a team to pluck out a few wickets before being found out, then have to give up only 5 runs. so, south africa lead by 400 at the time, make the penalty 40 runs, 10% of the lead. or, give the opposition the choice of having a wicket restored; if pakistan are 180/4 they get a wicket back and are 180/3. just thoughts.

  • QTS_ on October 26, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Why did they need to tamper in the first place? In all likelihood, they are going to win by an innings without a tampered ball.

  • GrumptimusPrime on October 26, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    To the posters that state that this incident is responsible for the Pak score of 99 in the first innings...so how exactly would this have assisted a spinner? Tahir took 5 wickets

  • on October 26, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Very hard to understand, especially as the scoreboard pressure was enough, not to mention Pakistan's batting problems.

  • Drew2 on October 26, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    @legsidewide with respect to the Pakistan team, there is no way that Pakistan has a better bowling attack under these conditions. World class bowlers like Steyn and Philander are a class above their Pakistani counterparts and bigger threat under any conditions. The disparity between the teams does make sense, but it has little to do with ball tampering. South Africa are simply a better team at the moment.

  • Ajronald on October 26, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Agree with @Graeme Clarke - Who makes trousers with zips on the pocket? If Faf alone wearing such trousers - what then?

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 26, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    I like Faf and like the way he plays his cricket. However, if Faf is held guilty, he should be banned from cricket for 3-6 months. This is not just on.

  • dmat on October 26, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    This is very disappointing. Whilst I'm Australian, I have been an admirer of SA cricket for a number of years. If it was an individual action, SA needs to set an example here and remove the player from the team for a lengthy period. However, if this was sanctioned by the captain (which I doubt) it should be the end of Smith's career. We have to come down hard on cheating - 5 run penalty is not enough and suspending players for future games is of no help to the team disadvantaged (in this case Pakistan). Why did they do this - it was stupid.

  • John-Orford on October 26, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    If you need pockets at all on your cricket trousers, then obviously they must be zipped or buttoned, with fielders throwing themselves in all directions. I was watching the match and the incident looked dodgy, but I wouldn't want to accuse the Saffers unless this happened again. They don't really need to cheat.

  • landl47 on October 25, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    @Purana_Pirate: Of course no-one is saying that. What they are saying is that to try to give your team a small advantage when it already has a huge advantage is pointless.

    Your logic is at fault here. Wrong is wrong no matter what situation it is in. Doing something wrong when there is nothing to be gained from it doesn't make it right, it just makes it pointless. Doing wrong when there is something to be gained from it is still wrong, it's just that there is a point to doing it.

    If this is proven to be a deliberate breach of the rules, then I hope and trust further penalties will follow. Whether it is or not won't make any difference to the result.

  • on October 25, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    I saw the video, it looks like the zipper is on the inside of the pants, there's no direct metal to ball contact. It's good to shine ball on something strong and not part of muscle, but if they were Scuffing the rough side apparently that's against rules. What's weird is, shining the ball is "tampering" so it has to be the icc approved tampering methods. P.s. people want to see reverse swing.

  • dharsanti on October 25, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    I have lot of respect for SA cricket, but I am disappointed to see this act.

  • on October 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Only 5 runs penelty ....??? thts very strange... what abt the wickets pakistan loose due to this... Sholdnt they ask to bat again??

  • Digimont on October 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Penalty clearly not nearly enough. Immediate forfeiture of the series in which it occurred seems a minimum. Surely an investigation into the clothing contract, laboratory testing of the zip etc. is now required.

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    To be honest, ICC should consider changing rules and think about more harsh punishments. I would say they should penalize the team for somewhere between 30-50 runs then the players would think twice before doing anything stupid like this.. Its against the spirit of Cricket.. No wonder Test Cricket is on a decline..

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    The footage seems irrefutable to me. A good spot by the umpires.

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Pak got 'bundled out' for 99 because Tahir destroyed them.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    there are people who are doubting SA credibility, will know soon why they are No1 rank team, unlike ENG who failed to post a decent total and lost the test, SA is here to stay...

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    OK...firstly, ball-tampering cannot account for for a 400 run discrepancy. That's a plainly ridiculous and petty conclusion. Dropped catches and poor use of DRS probably had more influence than any tampering that may have occurred in Pakistan's 1st innings. Take away Smith's and de Villiers' efforts and SAf's batting was hardly better than that of Pakistan. Anyway didn't Imran Tahir, a spinner, take 5 wickets? Isn't it the quicks who generally profit from ball-tampering?

  • on October 25, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    The ball started reversing as soon as the 20th over in Pak's first innings. That was very weird. Now we understand.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    this is not fair, southAfrica should behave as a no 1 test team...

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    This ball temping was done by Southafrica in the First Innings, that's the reason why ball was reverse swinging great in first innings and Pakistan bundle out on 99

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    I wonder y s.africa is on top

  • wrenx on October 25, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    With respect to South Africa, in these conditions, Pakistan has the better bowling attack. The disparity between on team scoring 99 and another scoring 500 is starting to make more sense now

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    I m a pakistani fan but I dont think as a team RSA would have done something. its either the individual who did it or a mistake. Anyways I would love to see what happens next

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    u cannot stop ball tampering. its part of the black arts of game.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    ICC must have some dress code of the players, no zip, hard buttons etc., players nails should also be trimmed .:-( :-(

  • bouncer709 on October 25, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    LOL where are SA fans who yesterday were looking for smith to break Lara record, and few Indian fans bashing saeed Ajmal and Pakistan team, I don't see any one, they run away today.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Who makes cricket trousers with zips on the pockets? Why would you need a zip there? Surely that is just inviting this sort of incident

  • Amarjitmadan on October 25, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    It is another shocker and coming from a side that comprises of one the best players in the world. The penalties are mild and should be made deterrent. Looking at the match status though a fool should not have done that but apparently it is in the system of some players. Just because SA lost a test does not mean they stoop so low and what may have been done in the ist will remain any body's guess! Penalty runs should be raised considerably. Cricket is a much loved game with so many scams and issues already does not need any more and players/officials should contribute for improving the tarnished image.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    They should get ban for 2 days. for sure. ICC should see this.. its very clear .

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Madness on the part of SA Cricketers. The initial penalty seems incredibly weak though, should have been 150-200 runs at least.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    clam down guys...ICC is waiting for BCCI's response.

  • Rohit... on October 25, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Why is every one passing the judgement before the hearing is made? Give that poor guy a break.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    i think sanctions will be imposed tomorrow; The only team without such allegations has done in worst possible situation

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    now we knw why they r the number one test team

  • brave_heart_usa2000 on October 25, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    I love to see how ICC's reacts to this incident.

  • SaadRocx on October 25, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    This is poor stuff from South Africa..didn't need to do that at all..only thing they're gonna lose from this is *Respect* of many fans around the world...

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Before seeing the live footage I thought it must be unintentional but the video footage is quite clear..the strangest thing is the timing.Being a Pak fan i think it was really stupid on SAs part, did they really think Pak is going to survive the three days?!honestly never expected this from the Saffers they are a truly professional team with great sportsman spirit. Hopefully this controversy will not taint what is going to be a remarkable win for an otherwise great test side(or Misbah and Shafiq will both make 200 each and adnan a hundered to save the match *fingers crossed* :P)

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    According to the game, shiny side should rubbed on the trouser to give it more shine, but if u look the video it is very clear that he has twisted the ball in his hand and rubbing the rough side, so surely he's guilty of doing tempering....

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Deserve to be punished very sill why you would do such a silly thing

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Penalize them by atleast 500 runs .. 5 runs isnt going to make dot of a difference to the expected result. :)

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Nothing is going to happen as it is not Pakistan, We are the weakest nation among the rest. you know what happen to the weak?

  • pcexp on October 25, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    For me its very strange that Smith did not protest against 5 runs awarded to Pakistan and 30 overs ball was replaced. They just continued like nothing had happen. What if it was 2 runs to win and last man on the pitch ????

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    You're the number test team, you need 7 wickets to win, third day of test and the opposition trails by 351 runs..what do you do..

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    lol... what if Pakistan had done the same things.

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    They don't deserve to be the no 1 test team in the world if they are found guilty

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    it is act of 1 person. and the guys defending it by saying un intentional should look the video again. clearly looking for the zip and run it there.

  • hhillbumper on October 25, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    oops.Walk off and refuse to play.That would be the way

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    icc need to ban on the south african player who temperd the ball

  • pcexp on October 25, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Who knows they did the same in first innings .... and also in past ... but only caught today....

  • partyanimal on October 25, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Very rarely its come to the light i think most of them are doing this i remember last Commonwealth came in Australia Sri Lanka raised the issue .

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    icc should arrange a system in which points should be given or taken on moral basis alongwith performance...a team is nt able to be ranked as No.1 if they do such a things..and yes i am not talking about Pak if u feel my words harsh..

  • TamilIndian on October 25, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    The video is very clear its a deliberate act - no question about that.

  • rahulkmc on October 25, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    @Iceman29: go back and watch the other game you are used to mate. YOU really think this is how SA got to no 1 status? Have you seen their bowlers? one man in particular - Mr Steyn? you really think he needs to resort to cheap stunts to run through the opposition? Dont know what happened with Faf there, whether it was deliberate or not, but EVERYONE including yourself knows that they dont need to 'cheat' to win this test match. I am not supporting what he did, but you cant question the whole team based on one person's actions. Deliberate or not, what he did was wrong and he ought to know it. But that in no way changes the fact that SA are the best team in the world right now - not a SA or SA supporter btw (pure cricket fan)

  • Masking_Tape on October 25, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Yeah that video doesn't look like it's unintentional at all.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Its not a big deal as pakistani players were not involved if any of pakistani bowler was doing this then it is story for meadia and icc to react so calm down every one

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    its a shame.looks like it was wanted done

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    There was no protest from Graeme Smith when he was told about the tampering charge. Even Du Plessis left the field for a while to get away from the limelight. Had it been a Pakistani player the media would have gone crazy and would have demanded a ban on whole Pakistan team.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Cricket has always been a game of narrow margins, but this is ridiculous. Sufficient evidence. Did they really need this ?????? What came into their mind. Everything was going in their way.

  • Haroon.Ahmed on October 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    If this was done by a Pakistani player I am sure match will be awarded to SA and 2 to 3 match ban for Player. This is double standards of ICC.

    5 Runs Penalty? are you kidding me?

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Why they didn't just forfeit the match. If it was Pakistan who had committed this the hell would have broken. ICC is always quick to penalize Pakistan with the severe punishment. How come they taking this so lightly? and 5 runs penalty?? thats a joke. Should have forfeit the match just like they did with Pakistan when they were just assuming that we did... Pathetic... Didn't really expect that from SA thou. I had much respect for that team. SMH

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Shame

  • LourensGrobbelaar on October 25, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I see there are a lot of comedians out there. Yes ball tampering is ugly. But who made you executioner. The individual should be found and punished, yes. But forfeiting the match or bringing back batsmen means you are one eyed thinking only of salvaging a game for a team playing poor cricket and deserving of a loss. Boo hoo hoo, sore loosers.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    If 5 runs punishment is all a team gets after ball tempering, I would do it in every test match :) ICC should come up with a stricter rule to eliminate ball tempering.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    South Africa were just penalised five runs for ball tampering? not fair

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    no chance of rain, immense time, below average batting side, great start 2 wickets in first 2 overs, what came in their mind?

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Is this number one team?

  • AKS286 on October 25, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    I think its a mistake by player by rubbing the ball in zipped pocket. It was not intentional. SA in a way to victory and for team like a Pak they don't require anything to do silly. Once in a blue moon victory of pak doesn't make any sense.And in the modern day game everyone knows that the quality of camera. SA always known for their fair game. It is a mistake not intentional.

  • py0alb on October 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    uhoh... The question is, will they do the honourable thing and now forfeit the match?

  • Gordo85 on October 25, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Good one risingpak you should be an comedian.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Haroon Lorgat is still in charge internationals matches of South Africa against Pakistan, No? Keenly watching what he says and does on this incident!

  • Iceman29 on October 25, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    oh boy..thats terrible accusations that too against the number one team...am sure the players wouldnt have done it deliberately but we have to wait and see..if its true then their number one status will be questioned for sure..

  • Anwar-Lara on October 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    bowler gets suspended for stepping into danger zone (intentionally / unintentionally). and doing ball tempering will only cost a team 5 runs.. that's nice!!!

  • SLslider on October 25, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Well. Shame on SA. So called best bowling side. Players involved should be banned for 4-5 matches along with captain. They should play with the spirit of the game. Really a very sad and dark day for cricket. Maybe they have been doing it for some time and were caught today only.

  • Purana_Pirate on October 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    To all the people saying it was "unnecessary" given the sate of the match - do you mean to say ball tampering would have been ok if the match was poised more closely?

    Absurd logic on display here...

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Ball tampering equals cheating...end of!!

  • -tanZeeEeel- on October 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Match refree please take these 5 runs back ... And give us back the wicket of Younus Khan. :)

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    what happens in hearing at the end of day.?... what a shame for world no.1 team considering the fact that they are in commanding positing of match.

  • kickassPakistan on October 25, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    so that's how they became no 1. Pathetic

  • mrmonty on October 25, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    How about handing 2 match suspensions to captain and involved players? Let me get this straight, Amir and Asif intentionally no-balled and got 2/5 years of ban, but ball tampering doesn't bring the game to disrepute? No wonder the ICC rule book is a paragon of consistency!!

  • Hg1987 on October 25, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    5 runs for ball tempering make no sense ,Why they just can't send the player in to the pavilion and ask to play with only 10 players ?, like in football ? and i think players who did involved in ball tampering deserve to get a one match banned too .

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on October 25, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Seems like a mistake because I am sure SA are not stupid to ruin their sweet victory. However it would be interesting to see how the Sports media respond to this case. I reckon it will be a small news on the inside pages because Pakistan is not involved and thus not very sensational :)

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    5 runs penalty, isn't that too much? :P

  • southwood on October 25, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Doesx it matter if it intentional or not? The balls condition was changed and needed replacing. The change in condition was the result of an action ,intentional or not by a SA player,so the side get penalised. If it worse than that then the subsequent hearing will determine the seriousness and additional punishment.

  • rajaram1105 on October 25, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    A pity, if true. Let us hope the investigation at the end of play today will reveal the truth. Gentlemen - fair play please.

  • Green_and_Gold on October 25, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    JubberJubber - There are reasons to have zipps on pockets. The main one is to keep things secure in the pocket whilst running around - i have seen others (and myself) lose loads of gum when taking off after the ball. Gum is expensive now so it could be a cost saver. Also i have sometimes got my thumb caught in the pocket when bowling (more so when im netting and dont have proper cricket gear on) so it can throw you off sometimes. Easy to solve - shine the ball where there is no zipper.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on October 25, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    South Africa Spoiled their Party. This ball tampering event is mark of scratch on their Victory. Did they took wickets because they temper the ball. Rules on Ball tampering should be harsh for player's. They should have suspend two of their bowlers to bowl in whole match. South Africa was flying but with this event their Victory will go behind and Ball tampering will be discussed more. Poor Show South Africa!

  • 13thMan on October 25, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    No common sense with this new rule. The new rule is if a ball looks "inconsistent" then it is assumed ball tampering. No accounting for the fact bowlers have different styles, some might bowl harder into the pitch, the fact that the quality of a ball is not going to be the exact same etc. Courts of law presume innocent until proven guilty but not in cricket it seems. Regardless of what happened this will tarnish South Africa's reputation - well, until every team ends up on the receiving end of baseless accusations and the law becomes a joke.

  • ArshadASiddiqui on October 25, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Embarrassing news from cricket.

    5-run penalty rule is too ineffective, i think they should restore 1 or 2 lost wickets of the batting side to make the rule more effective

  • Abdurrazaaq on October 25, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    This is completely unnecessary, especially after being in such a commanding position. Now the fans wont remember this test for the amazing batting of smith and AB and comeback from the proteas after a crushing loss in first test, but rather remembered for ball tampering

  • ladycricfan on October 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Reverse swing is a lovely phenomenon. Umpires should ignore few scratches here and there. If a chunk of leather missing then they can take action.

    Today's match SA is comfortably winning by innings. What is the need to tamper with the ball? May be it was accidental.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    It could of been intentional or unintentional, we can't be certain, it's up to the umpires to make that decision and they have.

  • PFEL on October 25, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Why would you tamper the ball when you are already like 400 runs ahead on first innings . . . makes no sense

  • chechong0114 on October 25, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Lets not be too quick to criticize without knowing all the facts, I am sure there is a logical explanation for all of this.

  • JubberJubber on October 25, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Why do we need zips on pockets? This puts the zip right in the areas used for shining the cherry. They could argue an unintentional tamper(depending on how long those zips have been part of the SA kit) Sportswear companies need more input from players and less from the curse of 'fashion designers'

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    5 penalty runs and a ball change is a joke

  • AricentHarish on October 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    I hope no player gets penalized for a couple of tests. Already, the upcoming India - SA series has lost some sheen with the reduction in the number of tests, Sachin's retirement, etc. This is the last thing a cricket fan wants to happen !

  • BMayuresh on October 25, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Not sure if this was done on purpose considering the position the SA team is in. I really think the player may have unknowingly rubbed it on the zipper without noticing that it may change the condition of the ball which would lead to this situation. Alas, its good that umpires are taking action against such acts. However the laws should have provisions to have strict penalty if the action is done on purpose.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Guess it's not so much gentleman game anymore!

  • Jda123 on October 25, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Don't see why... unless they wanted to end it fast but they wont lose this game anyway

  • kitty3 on October 25, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Bit too early to call a mistake.You never know what has happened there.Let us be patient till verdict comes 2ro.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Alleged. Lets be clear people.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    This is very embarrassing.. We are far better than this and if this is true then I am sure the one person was acting on their own

  • Keshlen on October 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Let us wait and see what really happened here....

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    RSA is world's no 1 test team and why they are doing things like this

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Very shocking!!! No need for this SA you are already a commanding force to deal with. Lets hope this is just speculation...keep the spirit of the game alive.

  • on October 25, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    This Is Really Rubbish From world No.1 Team....

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    seriously unorthodox work done by south africans,,,already in a postion to win easily shame @south africa cricket team

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    what a shame, that was unnecessary act by SA team.

  • Rid66479 on October 25, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    he could have rubbed it unintentionally too so don't accuse players before everything is confirmed

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Wow.. It doesn't sound intentional seeing that it was rubbed on the zipper of the trousers though..

  • uzairq on October 25, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    This is not good act by the number 1 ranked test team in the world... Shame for South Africa and the palyer who did this.....

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    that could have been accidental and the ball tampering rule is stupid

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    that is why SAF getting extra swing.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    why would you temper ball when you are winning comfortably?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Did not expect this from the Proteas. They are on their way to a more than comfortable win, any way.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    not expected from SA. given the situation of the match it is not expected at all.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Totally unnecessary from SA if they have committed something like that.

  • duncanmoo on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    And there I thought reverse swing was an art. Ball tampering from SA, is that a first?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    oppss Africans are so close to victory not even a victory its a huge one and what they done.... i must say chh chhh chhhh

  • A.T.Abbasi on October 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Its very often in world cricket that teams are temper the ball.

  • KK_Cricket on October 25, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Not to take anything away from SA attack but truly, these acts make bowlers like Steyn/Morkel even more dangerous as the ball gets rough and reverses more. Good that the Umpires noticed it some how. Hope SA does away with these cheap/silly tricks as there is enough talent to get 20 wickets anyway. Most unexpected of a SA team. And btw, real test coming against a more formidable batting line up. Watch out Saffers

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Why they are doing this when they are in commanding position this is a shame for gentleman game i did no expect this from World No.1 Team.

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  • on October 25, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Why they are doing this when they are in commanding position this is a shame for gentleman game i did no expect this from World No.1 Team.

  • KK_Cricket on October 25, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Not to take anything away from SA attack but truly, these acts make bowlers like Steyn/Morkel even more dangerous as the ball gets rough and reverses more. Good that the Umpires noticed it some how. Hope SA does away with these cheap/silly tricks as there is enough talent to get 20 wickets anyway. Most unexpected of a SA team. And btw, real test coming against a more formidable batting line up. Watch out Saffers

  • A.T.Abbasi on October 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Its very often in world cricket that teams are temper the ball.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    oppss Africans are so close to victory not even a victory its a huge one and what they done.... i must say chh chhh chhhh

  • duncanmoo on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    And there I thought reverse swing was an art. Ball tampering from SA, is that a first?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Totally unnecessary from SA if they have committed something like that.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    not expected from SA. given the situation of the match it is not expected at all.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Did not expect this from the Proteas. They are on their way to a more than comfortable win, any way.

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    why would you temper ball when you are winning comfortably?

  • on October 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    that is why SAF getting extra swing.