Cricket And Controversies

Akhtar was caught on camera tampering with the cricket ball during their fifth ODI match against England on Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton, which Pakistan lost by a massive 121 runs. But its nothing new he has been caught in the past also in 'Ball Tampering Case'. Here are few of the past cases:-

Chris Pringle was perhaps the first cricketer to publicly admit ball tampering. Having made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi in 1990.  He, however, stunned everyone by admitting that he had tampered with the ball because he was sure the Pakistan bowlers were doing it.

Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis  accusations of ball tampering began to appear in the English press in 1992, though no video evidence was ever found. Wasim and Waqar were able to obtain prodigious amounts of movement from old balls. This phenomenon, termed reverse swing, was relatively unknown in England at the time.

Mike Antherton England skipper was caught on television cameras putting dirt, taken from the pitch, on the ball.  He was let off by ICC  match referee Peter Burge. However, he was fined £2,000 by the Test and County Cricket Board.

Waqar Younis was the first player to receive a ban for ball tampering. He was also fined 50 per cent of his match fee for lifting the seam off the ball during the game against South Africa in Colombo.

Sachin Tendulkar in 2001 in a highly controversial action. Match referee Mike Denness penalised six Indian players at the end of the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth. Virender Sehwag , S S Das, Harbhajan Singh and Deep Dasgupta were charged with showing dissent and attempting to intimidate the umpire, while skipper Sourav Ganguly was booked for bringing the game into disrepute. However, it was the incident involving Sachin Tendukar that raised a hue and cry.

Six Pakistan players -- Naved Latif, Qaiser Abbas, Yasir Arafat, Sajid Shah, Zahid Saeed and Rao Iftikhar Anjum -- were found guilty of ball tampering. A fine of Rs 3,000 was slapped on each.

Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two ODIs and fined 75 per cent of his match fee after television cameras caught him scratching the surface of the ball during Pakistan's match against New Zealand in the Bank Alfalah Cup in Sri Lanka.

Rahul Dravid was found guilty of ball tampering during an ODI with Zimbabwe in Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia. Dravid was fined 50 per cent of his match fee. 

Stuart Broad and James Anderson were accused of ball tampering by rubbing the ball on the ground with their spikes. This was in the new year Test vs South Africa. Broad maintained that was just being lazy, because it was 40 Celsius in Cape Town that day.

Shahid Afridi, standing in as the Pakistani captain, was banned for two T20 internationals for ball tampering in a match against Australia in January 2010. Telivision cameras showed him biting at the ball.

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