Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 26, 2013

No zips on cricket kit by 2015

ESPNcricinfo staff
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It has been revealed that zips were due to be banned from international cricket kit before the ball-tampering controversy surrounding Faf du Plessis emerged during the Dubai Test against Pakistan.

Du Plessis pleaded guilty to a charge of changing the condition of the ball and was fined 50% of his match fee following the incident on the third day when he was caught shining the ball around the zipped pocket of his whites.

After the Test finished, Mohammad Moosajee, the team manager said: "Regarding the issue around zips I'm not sure many of you know that it has been outlawed by the ICC and each country has been given until 2015 to make sure that all their kit especially the trousers don't have zips on it.

"From the CSA perspective our manufacturers have already begun the process and we will be making sure that we will meet this timeline."

The ICC's stance suggests that there has been concern about the use of the zips in roughing up one side of the ball, which is a key part in being able to extract reverse swing.

Law 42.3a(i) regarding fair and unfair play and the condition of the match ball says: "Any fielder may polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time."

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  • on October 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    pakistan is winner in this match also

  • DrAtharAbbas on October 28, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I am sure Andy Zaltzman is currently writing the following. If they are banning zips and zippers.............. They should also ban any Dirt on the ground anywhere (Micheal Atherton), there must be no sweet drinks (Dravid), no finger nails (Waqar, Azhar) and especially there must be no person with any teeth and bite (pun intended) present on the ground (Afridi).. Further rules must disallow use of any hair cream, skin cream, face cream, lipsticks, lip-balms, sunscreens. The rules must more stringently be enforced in women cricket with more possibilities of using makeup items.

    Umpire must also warn a fast bowler if his balls Zips off the pitch . . . . .

    Funny rules!!!!! Isn't it enough to say ball tampering not allowed .

  • on October 28, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan fans, the match wasn't decided by any ball-tampering involving zippers. It was decided by Graeme Smith scoring a doubleton, AB DeVilliers scoring a big century, and SA spinners getting wickets (which, I'm not sure if you know, practically unheard of).

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 28, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    having pockets is ok, you might want a placeholder for gum etc. but why would anyone need to lock it with a zip?

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 28, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    they change their entire dress for almost every other tour..why do someone need time till 2015 to make such a simple change?

  • Harlequin. on October 27, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Why do cricketers need pockets?

  • Puffin on October 27, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    It's highly unlikely it will end with the banning of zips.

  • Rant0r on October 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    That rule is completely retarded, by artificial substance, you could argue that you're not allowed to polish on your pants.

  • yoogi on October 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    what about velcros in innerware inside the pants, or a series of buttons along the line of scrubbing.. There are endless opportunities and you cant really list them all. An embroidered cloth, piped sewing, can offer more assistance than a plain cloth in scrubbing the ball.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My suggested penalty: Remove the fielder/bowler off the field for rest of the match who is directly involved in the ball tempering and has been proved (by video camera etc) ... no need of financial fine. Keep 5 runs awarded to the batting team, not as an advantage to them (as 5 runs are worth nothing against the adverse effect caused by tempering on the course of the match), but just as a SYMBOLIC indicator of the happening of the incident. Don't remove captain off for the remaining match, but ban him for next two international contests of similar kind (means if he/his team does tempering in a test match, ban him for 2 test matches, if in T20 ... ban him for 2 T20Is). Conclusion: No team will even think of doing it next time because they may have seen the worst result by playing less than 11 players in that match !

  • on October 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    pakistan is winner in this match also

  • DrAtharAbbas on October 28, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I am sure Andy Zaltzman is currently writing the following. If they are banning zips and zippers.............. They should also ban any Dirt on the ground anywhere (Micheal Atherton), there must be no sweet drinks (Dravid), no finger nails (Waqar, Azhar) and especially there must be no person with any teeth and bite (pun intended) present on the ground (Afridi).. Further rules must disallow use of any hair cream, skin cream, face cream, lipsticks, lip-balms, sunscreens. The rules must more stringently be enforced in women cricket with more possibilities of using makeup items.

    Umpire must also warn a fast bowler if his balls Zips off the pitch . . . . .

    Funny rules!!!!! Isn't it enough to say ball tampering not allowed .

  • on October 28, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan fans, the match wasn't decided by any ball-tampering involving zippers. It was decided by Graeme Smith scoring a doubleton, AB DeVilliers scoring a big century, and SA spinners getting wickets (which, I'm not sure if you know, practically unheard of).

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 28, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    having pockets is ok, you might want a placeholder for gum etc. but why would anyone need to lock it with a zip?

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 28, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    they change their entire dress for almost every other tour..why do someone need time till 2015 to make such a simple change?

  • Harlequin. on October 27, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Why do cricketers need pockets?

  • Puffin on October 27, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    It's highly unlikely it will end with the banning of zips.

  • Rant0r on October 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    That rule is completely retarded, by artificial substance, you could argue that you're not allowed to polish on your pants.

  • yoogi on October 27, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    what about velcros in innerware inside the pants, or a series of buttons along the line of scrubbing.. There are endless opportunities and you cant really list them all. An embroidered cloth, piped sewing, can offer more assistance than a plain cloth in scrubbing the ball.

  • on October 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My suggested penalty: Remove the fielder/bowler off the field for rest of the match who is directly involved in the ball tempering and has been proved (by video camera etc) ... no need of financial fine. Keep 5 runs awarded to the batting team, not as an advantage to them (as 5 runs are worth nothing against the adverse effect caused by tempering on the course of the match), but just as a SYMBOLIC indicator of the happening of the incident. Don't remove captain off for the remaining match, but ban him for next two international contests of similar kind (means if he/his team does tempering in a test match, ban him for 2 test matches, if in T20 ... ban him for 2 T20Is). Conclusion: No team will even think of doing it next time because they may have seen the worst result by playing less than 11 players in that match !

  • LillianThomson on October 27, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Judging by the footage on tv, they might need to ban Vernon Philander from having fingernails too.

  • on October 27, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Why can't the players have Pyjama type pants, in whites too? With no provision for inputs, or outputs -- and they are allowed to go back to the dressing room for emergency outputs! In between overs, with subs holding their forts within the ground.The Pyjama type legwares are held together by elastic waist bands and strings.

    Short format games use such outfits. And, many players say that they are more comfortable too.

    P.S. Any one knows, which team STARTED using white pants with external Zips in the first place? Any Cricket historian, with any answers?

  • spas on October 27, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    In ancient olympics, competition was limited to men. once a woman participated wearing men's cloths and got caught. After that incident contestants had to compete completely naked. Could be just a story as it was Greek tradition to exercise like that, but the story seems relevant after thousands of years!

  • amumtaz on October 27, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Interesting. So Mr Moosajee, how many weeks, months, years does it take for RSA to get rid of Zips from their pocket? Does it really take upto 2015 to get them removed?

  • on October 27, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    SA straightaway brought 2015 timeline to get rid of zips which has confirmed that they were well aware what their players were doing and they had the excuse ready. Such a shame that investigating authorities can't see it. What about Philander (who was caught on camera scratching the ball on two occassions) and Morkel rubbing the ball on zip in a very subtle way. It's amusing that SA will take 2 years to get new kits without zip, such a shame.

  • orangtan on October 27, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    What about the zip on another location in the trousers ?

  • on October 26, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Strangely, this issue came up a couple of days earlier as part of a different conversation. Brett Lee was commentating on the Ryobi Cup game. He was talking about the problem of bowlers' thumbs getting caught in their trouser pockets as they bowled and said they got zips on their pockets to keep them closed.

    Crucially, he said they had to get rid of the zips because people were using them to tamper with the ball. It's clearly not a complete surprise this has happened.

    Also, if the Saffas are going to get a reduced sentence for pleading guilty then they shouldn't be allowed to then say they didn't do it. It's one or the other - admit it and get the reduction, or fight it and claim your innocence.

  • Biggus on October 26, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    @Ravishankara:-Pantless cricket? Well I guess it might liven up the middle overs.....

  • Blal on October 26, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    "when he was caught shining the ball around the zipped pocket of his whites." ESPNCricinfo staff please note he was't shinning the ball, he was roughing it. The shinny half was on the other side. See the entire footage again.

  • on October 26, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    That is quite right, Tashfeen. Hashim Amla is the best batsman in the world because of ball tampering. Imran Tahir took a fifer in the last test because of ball tampering. Dale Steyn swings the ball from the first over because of ball tampering.

  • bouncer709 on October 26, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    :) ICC should allow the batsmen too to shine the ball, So bowlers shine it from one side and batsmen on the other side, this will remain shining on both sides. but seeing 50% match fee fine, i think every team can do tempering now, 11 players, each player have to sacrifice 50% match fee.

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Just wondering how RSA got to be No:1? Obvious isn't it.

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Yeah, don't quite understand why not immediately, why wait till 2015?

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @Muhammad Akbar then how are the fast bowlers going to reverse-swing the ball ?

  • wrenx on October 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    2015? This could be done tomorrow

  • Ravishankara on October 26, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    After some time no pants at all

  • on October 26, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Polishing the ball should not be allowed. cut the root.

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  • on October 26, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Polishing the ball should not be allowed. cut the root.

  • Ravishankara on October 26, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    After some time no pants at all

  • wrenx on October 26, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    2015? This could be done tomorrow

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @Muhammad Akbar then how are the fast bowlers going to reverse-swing the ball ?

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Yeah, don't quite understand why not immediately, why wait till 2015?

  • on October 26, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Just wondering how RSA got to be No:1? Obvious isn't it.

  • bouncer709 on October 26, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    :) ICC should allow the batsmen too to shine the ball, So bowlers shine it from one side and batsmen on the other side, this will remain shining on both sides. but seeing 50% match fee fine, i think every team can do tempering now, 11 players, each player have to sacrifice 50% match fee.

  • on October 26, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    That is quite right, Tashfeen. Hashim Amla is the best batsman in the world because of ball tampering. Imran Tahir took a fifer in the last test because of ball tampering. Dale Steyn swings the ball from the first over because of ball tampering.

  • Blal on October 26, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    "when he was caught shining the ball around the zipped pocket of his whites." ESPNCricinfo staff please note he was't shinning the ball, he was roughing it. The shinny half was on the other side. See the entire footage again.

  • Biggus on October 26, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    @Ravishankara:-Pantless cricket? Well I guess it might liven up the middle overs.....