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Ball tampering incidents that rocked cricket

Last updated on: March 25, 2018 21:56 IST
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Factbox on major ball-tampering incidents in cricket after in the wake of the ongoing probe into the Australian team for attempting to alter the state of the ball during the third day of the third test against South Africa:

Faf du Plessis

IMAGE: South Africa's Faf du Plessis during a Test match against Pakistan in October 2013. Photograph: Nikhil Monteiro/Reuters

1977: England bowler John Lever was accused of applying Vaseline on one side of the ball to make it swing better during the third Test against India in Chennai.

The visitors said that Lever and bowling partner Bob Willis had applied Vaseline-covered gauze above their eyes to divert sweat from their forehead away.

No charges were brought.

1990: New Zealand had used bottle tops to tamper the ball during the third Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad, former wicket-keeper batsman Adam Parore said decades later.

The tampering increased the swing on the ball and helped seamer Chris Pringle take an 11-wicket haul.

No charges were brought.

1994: England captain Michael Atherton rubbed loose dirt from his pocket onto the ball during the first Test against South Africa at Lord's.

Atherton said that he used the soil, taken from the pitch, to keep his hands dry.

He was fined but avoided suspension and held on to the captaincy.

Waqar Younis

IMAGE: Waqar Younis was fined 50 per cent of his match fee, while Mahmood Azhar was fined 30 per cent of his match fee

2000: Pakistan paceman Waqar Younis worked on the ball with his fingers in a match against South Africa during a triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka in 2000.

The bowler was the first player to be suspended for ball tampering after being found guilty and was also fined 50 per cent of his match fees.

Sachin Tendulkar

IMAGE: Fans hold a banner during a match in support of Sachin Tendulkar

2001: Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar was accused of scuffing the seam by running his fingers on it by match referee Mike Denness during the second Test against South Africa in 2001.

Tendulkar maintained his innocence saying that he was trying to remove dirt from the ball in wet conditions but was handed a suspended one-match ban.

The Indian team threatened to pull out of the tour if the decision was not reversed. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) boycotted the third Test and fielded a reserve team to play an unofficial Test.

International Cricket Council (ICC) subsequently said that Tendulkar was not guilty of ball tampering but rather of cleaning the ball without the umpire's permission.

Rahul Dravid

IMAGE: Rahul Dravid

2004: Indian batsman Rahul Dravid rubbed a cough lozenge on the shiny side of the ball during a one-day international win over Zimbabwe in a triangular series held at Brisbane.

Dravid was found to be guilty by match referee Clive Lloyd and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee.

2005: Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick said in his autobiography that he used mint-induced saliva to keep the shine on the ball as his team recorded their first Ashes victory after 18 years.

The tampering aided with the unplayable swing delivered by England bowlers as Australia lost the series 2-1.

No charges were brought against Trescothick, who retired before his book was published.

2006: During a controversial Test at the Oval, England were awarded five extra runs after Pakistan were accused of ball tampering by umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove.

Pakistan refused to take the field after the tea break, in protest of the decision, and forfeited the Test.

The scandal led to years of conflict between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and current and former players.

James Anderson

IMAGE: James Anderson and Stuart Broad seen scruffing the ball

2010: England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were accused of ball tampering after the former treaded on the ball with his spikes while the latter appeared to be picking at the seam during a Test against South Africa.

The duo both rejected the accusations, with Broad saying he was just being lazy while stopping the ball and Anderson claiming he was absent-mindedly playing with it.

Neither player was charged.

2010: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was caught on camera biting the ball during a one-day international against Australia in Perth.

Afridi was banned for two Twenty20 internationals.

2012: Australia bowler Peter Siddle was accused by Sri Lanka of raising the seam of the ball during the first Test at Hobart after the paceman collected five wickets for 54 runs in the first innings.

Siddle was later cleared by the ICC.

2013: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis scuffed the ball on the zippers of his trousers while fielding during a Test against Pakistan in 2013.

On-field umpires awarded Pakistan five runs and changed the ball.

Du Plessis plead guilty to the charge and was fined 50 per cent of his match fees.

2014: South Africa's Vernon Philander scratched the ball with his finger and thumbs during a test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

Philander was found guilty and fined 75 per cent of his match fees.

2016: Faf du Plessis was charged for ball tampering yet again during the second Test against Australia at Hobart after the South African skipper applied saliva from a mint or lollipop onto the ball.

Du Plessis was found guilty by the ICC and fined his entire match fee.

2018: Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera using a yellow object to rub the ball and then concealing the object in his trousers during the third Test against South Africa.

Captain Steve Smith and Bancroft admitted to the offence at the end-of-day press conference, saying a number of senior Australian players had planned the tampering.

Smith and David Warner stepped down from their roles as captain and vice-captain respectively.

The ICC suspended Smith for one Test and fined him 100 per cent of his match fee while Bancroft was fined 75 per cent of his match fee.

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