Cape Town - The ICC has formally charged Proteas captain Faf du Plessis for 'changing the condition of the ball' in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.
The charge was laid by former Proteas wicketkeeper and ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson.
Cameras caught Du Plessis suspiciously shining the ball using what has now been termed 'mint saliva'. Du Plessis was seen rubbing his finger onto a mint in his mouth and then shining the ball repeatedly.
The Proteas took a wicket with their very next ball after the incident.
According to Cricket South Africa (CSA), Du Plessis has pleaded 'not guilty' to the charge.
Proteas management added that they would be seeking further legal advice on how to contest the charge once a date for the hearing has been set.
This would include the possibility of flying a lawyer over from South Africa to Australia, so the Proteas are anxiously awaiting the date of the hearing to be set.
The matter will now be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. Details of the hearing will be announced in due course.
All level 2 breaches, where this charge falls within the ICC rules and regulations, carry an imposition of a fine between 50 percent to 100 percent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.