Australia in South Africa 2013-14 March 1, 2014

50% for wrong laces but 15% for outburst, asks Boucher


Mark Boucher, South Africa's former wicketkeeper, has called on the ICC to think about "what's important to the game and what isn't" when they sanction players for breaching the code of conduct. Boucher was referencing the discrepancies in the sanctions handed out to Faf du Plessis and David Warner during the ongoing series.

In SuperSport's television build-up to the third Test match in Cape Town, Boucher said the ICC should "get its ducks in a row," when it comes to applying discipline.

David Warner was fined 15% of his match fee for making what match referee Roshan Mahanama called "disrespectful," comments which "publicly denigrated an opponent," when he suggested to an Australian radio station that South Africa had achieved reverse swing in Port Elizabeth through dubious means.

Contrastingly, Faf du Plessis had to hand over 50% of his match fee for a second clothing violation within the last 12 months. Du Plessis took to the field in Port Elizabeth with green shoelaces instead of the white ones which are stipulated as the acceptable gear for Test matches. In November 2013, du Plessis wore shoes with a red tongue instead of a white one.

Both those are in contravention with clause 2.1.1 of the ICC's code of conduct for players and player support personnel. Because they occurred within a 12-month period, the minimum fine of half the player's match fee, was imposed. Boucher said he thought du Plessis' offence was not in the same vein as Warner's and he could not understand why the South African was so harshly punished.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • James on March 6, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    But no fine at all for Faf and Petersen when they alleged Aus was tampering with the ball a few days later. Strange double standards.

  • Clive on March 5, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Faf didn't know the handled ball rule either. Someone needs to go back to school.

  • Michael Ponnudurai on March 3, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    This article appears to be an attempt to distract the attention from what is going on in the third and final Test now. Let us go back to following the third and final Test. Saw Steyn in the field today. He could be good enough to bowl tomorrow.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    agree with M ark ICC shud be generous and not follow such pety matters umpires match refree shud verbally guide the players instead

  • John on March 2, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    I agree that du Plessis' fine seems severe for what appears to be a minor infringement but it's not like the rules are a secret. Particularly given that he'd already run afoul of that rule, you'd think that du Plessis would be particularly careful about what he wore. Basically, both players will have been fined in accordance with the rules that they broke. Those rules have been in effect for years so why complain about them now?

    Regardless, it's a good job for the rest of us that we have Australia around to tell us who's cheating and who's not. Given how often we see some Australian fans commenting on other teams complaining, you'd think that the Australian team wouldn't have much to say but it seems that they are regularly the victim of other teams' foul play and are quite prepared to tell us so.

  • Heath on March 2, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    I agree with Boucher. The fine for Warner should have been harsher and the du Plessis should have been lighter.

  • Xiong on March 2, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @bharath241222 You're right. It's way too much to expect a player of a professional sport to be able to wear the correct coloured shoelaces. At this rate there will be 50% match fee fines and suspensions being handed out left, right and centre for this barbaric rule and there is almost nothing the players can do about it!

    Except maybe wearing the correct coloured shoe laces....

    I can't recall this ever happening before so it seems Faf's the only one who can't figure it out. I feel sure that it says more about the man than it does the rules.

  • Bharathwaj on March 2, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    beautiful point,,,totally agree,,the rules need serious changes!!

  • damien on March 2, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Rules are rules and repeat offending will always be dealt with more harshly fact of life not just cricket. Anyway if he doesn't make some runs he won't have to worry about what he is wearing in test cricket because he won't be playing!

  • kieran on March 2, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    He can't understand the fine? Boucher has never been considered the sharpest tool in the shed has he?

    What's worse? A ridiculous ICC stipulation governing the colour of players shoelaces, or a player breaching said code of conduct twice in a year?

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