Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Afridi ball tampering in cricket

Ball Tampering has happened quite a many number of times.England's left-arm fast-medium bowler John Lever hit headlines in the 1976-77 series against India for all the wrong reasons.Pakistan's Wasim Akram was involved in an incident of ball tampering in 1992, almost a decade since the John Lever's incident. In 1994 Test series, with television playing the role of a third eye, former England captain Michael Atherton was caught on camera trying to doctor the ball against South Africa at Lord's.Another Pakistan bowler, Waqar Younis was on the spotlight in 2000 and became the first casualty for ball tampering. Younis was caught on camera and was slapped a one-match ban after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the tri-series in Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar found himself in a midst of controversy after Pakistani all-rounder Abdur Razzaq accused him of tampering with the ball during a tri-series match in 2000.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar grabbed the headlines again in 2001 after he was found doctoring the ball. Former India captain Rahul Dravid was fined 50 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of ball tampering during a match against minnows Zimbabwe in 1994. In 2006 Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to take the field after being accused of ball tampering by the English players. England fast bowler Stuart Broad was accused of treading on the ball with his spikes during the recently concluded Test series against South Africa in 2010. In the latest incident of ball tampering last week, Pakistan's stand-in skipper Shahid Afridi was banned for two Twenty20 Internationals after pleading guilty to a ball-tampering charge during the fifth and final ODI against Australia at Perth. Afridi was caught on camera chewing on one side of the ball while walking to the run up with bowler Mohammad Asif. Afridi apologised for the shameful act and said it will never happen again.


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