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Waqar: 'Big question mark on South African credibility'

Waqar Younis talks to ESPNcricinfo's Firdose Moonda after the 2nd Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Dubai

Interviewer: Firdose Moonda

October 26, 2013

Posted by anj310 on (October 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

the 2007 series in Pakistan, Steyn did bowl in Karachi and Lahore; and he did "pass the test"

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Guys First of all .. All you guys must know its not the "HOME" series for us .. if you need a home series you have to come to Pakistan for it. And its not easy even the likes of Lillees and Holdings suffered to bowl on those pitches.. And the Act of FAF draws me to double standards of ICC. let me enlighten you with this .. its a TEAM game and Captain is aware of whats happening on the field. SA is undoubtedly the most under-rated team in our ERA as finally they got the chance of being the No. 1 which they truely deserved doesn't change the fact. Lets see what happens in ODI's .. Steyn's real test of Bowling against Pakistan would be when he bowl on the pitches of Lahore, Karachi Etc..

Posted by shovwar on (October 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

What Faf did is Unacceptable and though many did it in the past it should not be allowed. I believe he should have been atleast banned for 1 ODI (Atleast). But do deny SAs credibilty is disrespectful to all the hard work done by Smith, Devilliers and Tahir. They are the no1 and if u try to deny it by Faf excuse then its really LAME. If u think SA has bee doing it all the time then it should have been caught by the Millions of cameras out there....And they are always focused on the players...If Saffa players are doing it behind all those cameras than Indian players, English players, Pak Players and all the others players might be doing it too but not getting caught...But I would not and should not say it.....Cos I know it would be silly...No one can hide from the Camera these days...Faf did something and he got caught right away..So do not make excuses please SA are undoubtedly the best TEST Team in this ERA....Better than India's and England's no1 run.

Posted by Morfi on (October 27, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

@bull01 - mate, you miss the point. It is just that the umpires caught them in the 2nd innings. the ball was reversing like crazy after 15 overs even in the first innings. it is not as if Saf thought about it during the changeover after their own batting. it was a preplanned ploy because they were desperate to win this game.

and MCC_Tie: yes, looking after the ball and scratching it are different things. Dont try to justify a blatant act and shameful act of indiscretion. Yes, everyone DID it - they DONT anymore since the laws came in - why are SAF doing it NOW? especially when they dont need to..... talk sense!

Posted by RyanStephen on (October 27, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

"As far as I can remember, the rubbing of the ball on the zip "that wouldn't have damaged an orange", happened AFTER Pakistan were 99 all out AND South Africa had put the game out of control from a Pakistan point of view."

Indeed, but they had to kick up as much fuss as possible in order to draw attention away from an innings and 92-run defeat at home, which would have been too embarrassing to talk about after they had made all these comments about how SA can't play in sub-continent conditions.

Posted by guru29 on (October 27, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

South Africa should drop Fap du Plessis for Odi series.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Very dissapointed as a saffa fan. It is completely wrong and Faf should be banned for a number of matches if not for life. Other teams have done it, true but it is still blatantly wrong. Why? We have the skills to win without tampering! It is I furiating

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (October 27, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Very disappointing as a Proteas fan. If this is what you have to do to be number 1I would rather not be it.

Posted by bull01 on (October 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

This is a perfect "Wag the Dog" situation for Pakistan in that it has created a timeous diversion for the hammering they got. As far as I can remember, the rubbing of the ball on the zip "that wouldn't have damaged an orange", happened AFTER Pakistan were 99 all out AND South Africa had put the game out of control from a Pakistan point of view. Naturally, the question would be why, given such a dominant position, would Faf have done something so stupid? In reality, I imagine this is being blown out of proportion so that there is something to talk about since the game doesn't really provide much, since it was such a one way drubbing. Faf had no choice but to say "Yes I rubbed the ball against my zip a few times" why? Because the footage shows him doing it and there would be little point in denying it. Say yes, take the punishment and move on. But did Faf rubbing the ball against his zip a few times cause Pakistan to lose the game? That would be pushing it a tad too far!

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Who knows this might be the way these guys were doing to extract swing from the ball in the past,if that is the case they don't deserve to be number 1 test team in the world.

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