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Du Plessis welcomes DRS rule change

JOHANNESBURG: South African captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday welcomed a change to the decision review system that will come into effect for the first time in the first Test against Bangladesh starting at Senwes Park on Thursday. The change in the DRS system is one of several changes to playing regulations made by the International Cricket Council, including a restriction on bat sizes and a provision for players to be sent off the field for serious misconduct. Teams will no longer lose a review for a leg before…

Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

LAHORE: South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, Pakistan had not hosted top-level international cricket since militants attacked the bus of the visiting Sri Lankan team in March 2009, killing eight people and wounding seven players and staff. "When I first thought of…

Pakistan World XI tour ‘more than cricket’ for Faf and Flower

LAHORE: The World XI's tour of Pakistan is more than just a game, captain Faf du Plessis and coach Andy Flower said Monday, amid high hopes it will revive international cricket in the country. South Africa's du Plessis told reporters in Lahore it was a "huge honour" to be playing the  highest-profile event in cricket-mad Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Pakistan has not hosted top-level international cricket -- barring five limited-over matches against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 --…

Du Plessis to captain World XI team against Pakistan

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi on Thursday confirmed that the World XI cricket team will tour Pakistan in September and announced the cricket squad.  The star-studded team will be captained by South African cricketer Faf du Plessis, and coached by former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower. The 14-member team will include players from seven countries including five South Africans, two West Indies, three Australians cricketers and one each from Bangladesh, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Some of the…

De Villiers quits as South Africa ODI skipper

JOHANNESBURG: Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper on Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats. "Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 (T20) and Test teams," he said in a statement. "Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain. "It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI…

South Africa crush New Zealand, take series 3-2

AUCKLAND: Faf du Plessis led South Africa to a resounding six-wicket victory over New Zealand in their crunch one-day international finale in Auckland Saturday to wrap up the series 3-2. South Africa needed less than 33 overs to overhaul New Zealand's 149 with du Plessis ending the game with a boundary which also brought up his half century. The New Zealand innings folded at the start of their 42nd over and while South Africa lost early wickets in reply, du Plessis (51 not out) held the innings together with…

South Africa’s Du Plessis loses ball-tampering appeal

DUBAI: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has had his appeal against a ball tampering fine dismissed, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday. Du Plessis had been fined 100 percent of his match fee last month after being caught on camera during South Africa's second test against Australia in Hobart sucking a mint and rubbing saliva into the ball. ICC Code of Conduct Commission chair Michael Beloff deemed that the "original sanction" by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft "was appropriate" and dismissed Du…

Former PCB Chairman, Pakistani cricketers demand ban on Kohli

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Khalid Mahmood and veteran Pakistani cricketers demand the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Indian skipper Virat Kohli over a recently emerged ball-tampering controversy. In a video released by a South African newspaper group, Kohli was seen shining the ball during India’s first test against England at Rajkot this week in a similar manner South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball-tampering and fined a match fee on Tuesday. Must…

I’m no cheat, says du Plessis, insists cricket authorities opened ‘can of worms’

ADELAIDE: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis insisted on Wednesday he was not a cheat and warned cricket authorities had opened a "can of worms" after he was found guilty of ball-tampering in controversial circumstances. Du Plessis was fined his match fee on Tuesday after being caught on camera sucking a mint and rubbing saliva into the ball during last week's second Test against Australia in Hobart. But du Plessis, who won backing from leading figures including Australian captain Steve Smith, said he did not think he…

Du Plessis evades ban in ‘Mintgate’ row

ADELAIDE: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball-tampering on Tuesday but cleared to play in this week's third Test against Australia, who are fighting to avoid their first ever home Test series whitewash. Du Plessis was fined his entire match fee after he was caught on camera sucking a sweet, or mint, and rubbing the ball with his saliva, in an attempt to alter its flight, during last week's second Test in Hobart. Match referee Andy Pycroft found du Plessis guilty at an International Cricket…