South African pace Vernon Philander got himself involved in a controversy during the test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa. On the 3rd day of the first test, Philander has been accused for violating ICC’s Code Of Conduct and for that reason he has been fined for 75 percent of his match fee.
Philander has been charged on the basis of article 2.2.9 offence of ICC’s Code Of Conduct which states that, “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 Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”.
This charge was brought up against him just after the conclusion of the third day’s play after viewing a television footage by the on-field umpires, i.e. Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough and also the 3rd umpire in the form of Nigel Llong. Also fourth umpire, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and the match referee, Jeff Crowe was involved in bringing up the charge.
The umpires were forced to bring up the charge after viewing the footage of the incident that took in the afternoon session when Philander was captured on the video to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. This footage was however not aired during the course of the day’s play and this video has been only viewed by the umpires after which they took this step.
Philander accepted his guilt without any protest and thus there was no need to debate on it.
This kind of penalties, which are being included in the Level 2 of the Code of Conduct can range from 50-100 percent of a player’s match fee alongwith suspension points. And according to the rules of ICC, 2 suspension points equates to ban for one test or 2 ODIs depending on which kind of match is scheduled immediately next.