India v England 2016: Ball Tampering Allegation – In-defense Of Virat Kohli
In reference to an article posted on Tuesday relating to Virat Kohli’s attempt to shine the ball by using an outside substance (mint) during the first Test match against England at Visakhapatnam, all might not just fall against the Indian skipper as the footage released showing him chewing a mint which well can be something else too.
But this is not the first time something like this is seen. Faf du Plessis, the South African captain was earlier accused of using an outside substance to alter the conditions of the ball and now has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. The governing body has imposed a fine of 100% of his match fees on Tuesday.
Replicating something familiar on the field might just await a punishment for Virat Kohli too. But, what if that was not chewing gum, maybe something else, maybe his teeth.
Going as per the footage, the object shown looks more like a chewing-gum which players often have while playing. There also a possibility of the object being his teeth, an overlapped one maybe.
In the above image, Virat Kohli is seen smiling with extra teeth seem to pop out of his mouth. Well, a different teeth formation might just be an answer to it or else the Indian Test captain, unknowingly or unwillingly landed himself in some trouble by using the outside substance to put some shine on the ball in the Rajkot Test.
To precisely put it in Virat’s favor, only the match umpires along with the CEOs of the boards of the countries playing or the ICC CEO can file a violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Clause 3.2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct reads as follows:
“Where the Report is lodged by the individual described in Article 3.1.3 [the ICC CEO] in relation to:
188.8.131.52 a Level 1 Offence or a Level 2 Offence that is alleged to have been committed at any time or place (whether on the field of play or otherwise), then the Report must be lodged with the Match Referee (or, where, for logistical reasons, it is impractical to lodge with the Match Referee, the ICC’s Cricket Operations Department) within five (5) days of the commission of the alleged offence.”
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