Latif says ball tampering rap would have been stricter if Asian player had been involved

Johannesburg, Oct 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly set to protest over the second Test ball-tampering row which saw South Africa's Faf du Plessis hit with a small fine with former Pakistani players believing that punishment would have been more severe had a sub-continent player been involved.

Du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee after admitting to tampering with the ball during the third day of the second Test, which was won by South Africa to level the two-match series 1-1, although the team was also penalised five runs over the incident.

Former Pakistan players also blasted the game's governing body for taking what they saw as overly lenient action against Du Plessis, who was spotted rubbing the ball near to a zip on his trousers, with former captain Rashid Latif saying that had it been a Pakistani or a sub-continent player, he would have been banned

According to Sport24, PCB chairperson Najam Sethi tweeted that he will raise the issue with the International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking an explanation of the inconsistency by the match referee in application of the ball-tampering rule to Shahid Afridi versus Du Plessis

The report mentioned that Sethi was referring to Pakistan all-rounder Afridi's ban for the same offence in Australia in 2010, adding that Du Plessis is the first South African to be charged with ball-tampering. (ANI)