WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Test batsman Henry Nicholls is facing accusations of violating New Zealand Cricket’s code of conduct after umpires reported a possible ball-tampering incident during a recent domestic first-class match.

Television footage from the Plunket Shield match between Nicholls’ Canterbury province and Auckland suggests that Nicholls may have brushed the ball against a helmet during a change of ends.

In response to the incident, New Zealand Cricket released a statement on Friday, stating, “Nicholls has been reported for allegedly breaching Rule 3.1, article 1.15 of the Code during Day 3 of the Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Auckland at Hagley Oval.” This rule pertains to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 41.3 of the Laws of Cricket.”

The allegation has been referred to a commissioner for first-class cricket, and no date has been set for the hearing. Despite the charges, Nicholls is scheduled to tour Bangladesh with the New Zealand squad later this month.

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As of now, Nicholls has not provided any comment regarding the charge.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s prominent limited-overs players are currently in India, participating in the Cricket World Cup. Their recent victory over Sri Lanka on Thursday has brought them closer to qualifying for the semifinals, adding an extra layer of significance to their ongoing campaign.