South Africa’s fast bowler Vernon Philander has been fined 75 % of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the 3rd day’s play in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”.
The charge was laid right after the conclusion of today’s play and after watching TV footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, 3rd umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, 4th umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe.
The incident that led to the charge being laid happened in the afternoon when Vernon Philander was taken on footage changing the state of the ball by scratching the layer along with his fingers and thumb. The footage, which was not broadcast during live coverage, was seen by the umpires after the close of play. The fine was accepted by Vernon Philander without contest so there was no need for a hearing.