Plessis surprised at ICC for not taking action against Kohli, Smith

Dhaka,  Sun,  23 July 2017
Published : 12 Mar 2017, 22:24:07
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Plessis surprised at ICC for not taking action against Kohli, Smith

DUNEDIN, New Zealand, Mar 12 (AFP): South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Sunday he was surprised no one had been charged by the ICC after the ugly spat which blighted the Australia-India Test series.

"I was, yes. Purely from the reason of what I went through in Australia for something I feel was a lot smaller, so (am) surprised with it," he said in Dunedin following the washed-out end to the first Test against New Zealand.

Du Plessis was fined his match fee during a Test against Australia in November for sucking on a mint and rubbing saliva into the ball.

ICC (International Cricket Council) chief executive David Richardson had described it as "an obvious breach" of the ball-tampering law.

However, the ICC decided not to take action against the warring India and Australia captains -- Virat Kohli and Steve Smith -- following cheating accusations during the second Test in Bangalore last week.

Kohli accused Smith of abusing the decision review system (DRS) after he was seen looking to the Australian dressing room for advice on whether to ask for a review after being given out lbw. Smith described his breach as a "brain-fade".

Du Plessis has always denied ball tampering and said the reaction from the ICC was different to the way he was treated.

"Definitely it was different. I'm surprised by the way it happened," he said.

"Maybe it's because I speak on a personal point of view and felt I was treated very harsh. When you see something like that you'd hope it (the treatment) would be exactly the same."
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