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

No zips on cricket kit by 2015

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb 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 .

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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 !

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