South Africa's Vernon Philander Fined by ICC for Ball-Tampering

Updated: 19 July 2014 10:37 IST

South African pacer Vernon Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fees after he was found guilty of tampering with the ball in the course of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle. Philander accepted the penalty without contesting.

South Africa's Vernon Philander Fined by ICC for Ball-Tampering
Philander accepted the penalty without contest. © AFP

Galle:

South Africa seam bowler Vernon Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee on Friday after being accused of ball tampering during the first Test against Sri Lanka. (Day 3 Report: Five-Wicket Dale Steyn Rips Through Sri Lanka)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the 29-year-old was charged after footage emerged of him attempting to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. (Matchcentre)

"The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday's play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe," the ruling body said in a statement.

"The incident that led to the charge being laid took place in the afternoon when Philander was captured on footage changing the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. The footage, which was not aired during live coverage, was viewed by the umpires after the close of play.

"The penalty was accepted by Philander without contest so there was no need for a hearing."

At the end of the third day, South Africa, spurred on by fast bowler Dale Steyn's impressive figures of 5-50, had reduced Sri Lanka to 283-9, still trailing the visitors by 172 runs.

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