Happy with ball-tampering sanctions became harsher for the perpetrators, South African captain Faf du Plessis feels he is still unclear when it comes to the revised ball-tampering rules laid down by the world body of cricket. Currently on the tour to the island nation, Before the start of the first Test against Sri Lanka, the 33-year old batsman says he needs clarity on the same Also Read - IPL 2020: How AB de Villiers, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis Could Still Fly to UAE

“I think it’s important to say that I’m not clear yet on that matter,” Sports24 quoted du Plessis, as saying. Also Read - IPL 2020: Manoj Tiwary Slams Former Pakistan Cricketers Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis For Their Comments on 'ICC Deliberately Postponing T20 World Cup' | POST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this week unveiled tougher punishments on the ball-tampering and sledging issues in a bid to improve on-field behaviour in the gentlemen’s game. The extending ban is up to six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals. Also Read - MS Dhoni Stumped Me With Reply After Threatening Him With 2010 Over-rate Ban: Simon Taufel

Earlier, there was a provision of one-Test match ban on the players found guilty of ball-tampering.

“The ICC obviously made the penalties a lot stricter, but they still haven’t said what is allowed and what isn’t. Is chewing gum allowed, is it not? Are you allowed to have mints in your mouth?” he further inquired.

The right-hand batsman stated that he will speak to umpires to get some clarity on the matter before heading into the first Test match against Sri Lanka here on July 12.

“As Hashim Amla said, he likes to have sweets in his mouth and he spends a long time in the field. There is nothing wrong with that,” he added.

The South-African cricketer welcomed ICC’s decision to make ball-tampering laws more stringent and said that it will reduce the frequency of such incidents.

“We know now the penalties are much harsher … so I would expect that would see less of that in the game. The penalties that are there now are going to make him think twice because you’re going to miss a lot of cricket if you do that he said,” he said

“As a captain of any team you want consistency through all teams and you want clarity,” du Plessis added.

The South African captain was part of the third Test match played against Australia in Cape Town, where the infamous ball-tampering incident took place leading to the suspension of Australian captain Steve Smith, opener David Warner and fast bowler Cameron Bancroft.

(With Agency Inputs)