Ball-tampering

Players are barred, by Law 42.3, from rubbing the ball on the ground, interfering with its seam or surface, or using any implement that can alter the condition of the ball to thereby gain unfair advantage. There have been plenty of ugly incidents centring on accusations of ball-tampering through cricket's history: the John Lever "Vaseline" affair in 1976-77; the times England and New Zealand accused Pakistan of it in the early 1990s; Michael Atherton's admission that he used dirt to treat the ball against South Africa in 1994; and perhaps most infamously, the Oval Test of 2006 when Pakistan forfeited the match because they were accused of having tampered with the ball.

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MCC news

MCC sticks with present ball-tampering law

Complications arising from the Faf du Plessis ball-tampering episode forced a rethink of the rule, but the MCC world cricket committee has resisted making changes to Law 42.3

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South Africa in Australia 2016-17

Du Plessis to appeal ball-tampering verdict

South Africa's stand-in captain Faf du Plessis is risking a possible suspension by appealing his ball-tampering penalty in an attempt to clear his name

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South Africa in Australia 2016-17

'I felt I did nothing wrong' - du Plessis

Faf du Plessis, speaking for the first time since being found guilty of ball-tampering, said he believed he had done nothing wrong

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South Africa in Australia 2016-17

The laws do not define 'artificial substance' - Lorgat

Cricket South Africa's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, has called on the ICC to clarify the laws around polishing the ball in the wake of the Faf du Plessis case

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Ball-tampering

Why Kohli and Warner weren't charged

Footage of Virat Kohli and David Warner allegedly using artificial substances to shine the ball did not come under the ICC's consideration since the accusation was not brought to the match referee's notice within five days of the incident

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South Africa in Australia 2016-17

The problems with Law 42.3

The ball-tampering law is vague and - anecdotally at least - often flouted by players. Is it time for the game's governing bodies to have a rethink?

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South Africa in Australia 2016-17

Application of substances to ball happens often, says Domingo

The South Africa coach is hopeful administrators will either give players a wide berth or crack down completely when applying law 42 because he believes the application of artificial substances to the ball, especially in the form of edibles, occurs often.