Everyone does ball-tampering: Mushtaq Muhammad
Former Pakistan captain and coach Mushtaq Muhammad cannot understand the recent "hue and cry" about ball-tampering, as he feels every team and bowler, including himself, has indulged in it in some form or the other.
"Everyone does it and every team has done it, so I am surprised at the hue and cry being raised over the ball-tampering incident during the Test between Pakistan and South Africa," Mushtaq told Geo Super channel from London.
"Even spinners tend to try to pick the seam of the ball to get a better grip, and I admit I did it a few times myself when I was playing, and this is also tampering," he said.
"Every team is now doing it, but, at the end of the day, just tampering with the ball in any way does not guarantee that bowler can get wickets and quick success. Reverse swing is a skill which few bowlers have mastered until now," he added.
Image: Umpires Asad Rauf (left) and Ian Howell check the ball during a match
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ICC needs to look at laws governing ball-tampering offences
The Pakistan Cricket Board has written to the ICC complaining about the light penalty given by match referee David Boon to South Africa batsman Faf Du Plessis despite him being caught on camera and later admitting to ball-tampering.
Many in the Pakistan cricket community have also laughed at the 50 per cent match fee fine imposed by Boon on Plessis.
"Yes, the punishment given to Plessis was just not in line with the offence he had committed and the ICC needs to look at their laws governing ball tampering offences," Mushtaq said, adding the incidents seen on television during the Test in Dubai did raise questions and sullied the image of the South African team.
"But, again, I want to repeat, everyone does it; you can't say it is restricted to a particular team," he added.
Fine imposed on Faf du Plessis was not enough
Pakistan's former captain Aamir Sohail said he couldn't understand the furore being raised by the incident as the referee had penalised Du Plessis under the ICC laws governing ball-tampering.
"And the fact is that every law that is passed has to be approved by the ICC's executive board of which every country is a member, including Pakistan. So if there were any concerns about the laws governing ball-tampering they should have been raised at the ICC meeting then," he said.
Sohail conceded that even he felt the fine imposed on Du Plessis was not enough.
"But I would suggest that the ICC can allow the fielding team to take a new ball after 60 overs instead of the present 80 overs and this will discourage and reduce ball-tampering incidents," he said.
Image: Faf du Plessis
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