Pakistan news October 2, 2011

Gul opposed to legalising ball tampering

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Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has claimed ball tampering is not new to cricket and that there are legal and illegal methods to change the condition of the ball. He was also opposed to legalising ball tampering, in contrast to Shoaib Akhtar, who wrote in his recent autobiography that it wasn't a bad idea to "set rules" for tampering.

"The claims [of ball tampering] have always emerged against Pakistan but have never been proved," Gul told reporters at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi. "There are many ways to tamper with the ball that are illegal, like using your nail, but there are other ways to change the condition that are legal. A player can throw the ball on the bounce to make it rough or the ball can be damaged when it hits the advertising boards on the boundary."

During the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009, Gul's ability to reverse-swing the ball early had drawn concern from the New Zealand camp but he shrugged it off. Gul did not think ball tampering should be made legal, though, saying it would make it too easy to bowl reverse swing, which is an art, and some of the beauty of the game would be lost if the practice was legalised. "I don't think the way is to legalise it. Leave cricket with its traditional ways rather than making changes that would take all the charm out of it."

Gul also responded to comments in Akhtar's autobiography about Sachin Tendulkar being afraid of the former Pakistan fast bowler. "I can't say specifically that I saw Tendulkar running away from Shoaib, but no one can deny that when Shoaib was at his fastest and best the world's best batsmen were nervous against him and there is no batsmen who is not nervous or ruffled when facing a pure fast bowler," Gul said. "Even Brian Lara, who I rate as the world's best batsman, admitted to feeling ruffled when he was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Shoaib."

Pakistan leave for the UAE on October 15 to take on Sri Lanka in two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, and Gul, who was rested for the tour of Zimbabwe, is likely to be back in the squad. "I am all fit but need a flow for which I have to have lengthy bowling spells," Gul said. "I am bowling regularly and will be playing first-class cricket. If selected, I will train in the nets to quickly get back my form."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    After 2 Ws i can say it with conviction that Umar Gul is the best bowler Pakistan ever had. He is more consistant than Shoaib nd Asif. He is more accurate than them. He plays with passion for Pakistan which i like in him.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 3, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Umar gul said that "The claims [of ball tampering] have always emerged against Pakistan but have never been proved.

    Ha Ha Ha.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    ya its true all batsmen are afraid of fast bowlers and that's the only reason why bowlers are restricts by ICC and allows to use one short pitch delivery once in an over, only to protect batsmen like Sachin and others

  • POSTED BY Banya17 on | October 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Pak players need to show there talent in game and not in the wording....

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | October 3, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Good to hear great comments about Gul, he is a class act. You can always tell which players are genuinely passionate about their country and the game. We wish you good health, great match fitness and success.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    PCC players, talk something good for cricket, don't try to correct your wrong

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | October 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    many coments here talk about only pak bowlers tht thy do wrong. But the thng u so called experts ned to undrstand tht reverse swing only hapens if bal condition change but with some talent coz not al can do it.like thy do rub it, xtra bounce on throw. So if pak bowler reverse it thn its tempring and whn english or zaher khan,parven kumar or srilankan do thn its art? And about guls coment yes i agre that thre r already many legal ways to change ball condition thre is no ned2 change rules.

  • POSTED BY bks123 on | October 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Many are claiming here that swing and reverse swing are pure art and they have nothing to do with ball tampering? Then why bowlers do that? for nothing? Why is that only PAK bowlers ask to make ball tampering legal? Why is that WI great fast bowlers were never alleged of ball tampering?

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | October 2, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    @Kiranphy: BRILLIANT! The English journo's are once again getting into a tizzy because someone accused their hallowed boys of ball tampering... which happens, everywhere on any cricket field you can think of, which is why it's ridiculous to even get angry at anymore. Let us not forget about Stuart Broad deliberately stepping on the ball and running his spikes across it, scuffing the ball up. The English journos like to point fingers at others, but can't take the same stick. I'm of the group that believes Ball Tampering should just be legalised, using anything that is found naturally on the field of play. You already tamper with the ball anyway, putting saliva and rubbing it etc

  • POSTED BY kiranphy on | October 2, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    see how aderson tampering the ball http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    After 2 Ws i can say it with conviction that Umar Gul is the best bowler Pakistan ever had. He is more consistant than Shoaib nd Asif. He is more accurate than them. He plays with passion for Pakistan which i like in him.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 3, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Umar gul said that "The claims [of ball tampering] have always emerged against Pakistan but have never been proved.

    Ha Ha Ha.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    ya its true all batsmen are afraid of fast bowlers and that's the only reason why bowlers are restricts by ICC and allows to use one short pitch delivery once in an over, only to protect batsmen like Sachin and others

  • POSTED BY Banya17 on | October 3, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Pak players need to show there talent in game and not in the wording....

  • POSTED BY Faridoon on | October 3, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Good to hear great comments about Gul, he is a class act. You can always tell which players are genuinely passionate about their country and the game. We wish you good health, great match fitness and success.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    PCC players, talk something good for cricket, don't try to correct your wrong

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | October 2, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    many coments here talk about only pak bowlers tht thy do wrong. But the thng u so called experts ned to undrstand tht reverse swing only hapens if bal condition change but with some talent coz not al can do it.like thy do rub it, xtra bounce on throw. So if pak bowler reverse it thn its tempring and whn english or zaher khan,parven kumar or srilankan do thn its art? And about guls coment yes i agre that thre r already many legal ways to change ball condition thre is no ned2 change rules.

  • POSTED BY bks123 on | October 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Many are claiming here that swing and reverse swing are pure art and they have nothing to do with ball tampering? Then why bowlers do that? for nothing? Why is that only PAK bowlers ask to make ball tampering legal? Why is that WI great fast bowlers were never alleged of ball tampering?

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | October 2, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    @Kiranphy: BRILLIANT! The English journo's are once again getting into a tizzy because someone accused their hallowed boys of ball tampering... which happens, everywhere on any cricket field you can think of, which is why it's ridiculous to even get angry at anymore. Let us not forget about Stuart Broad deliberately stepping on the ball and running his spikes across it, scuffing the ball up. The English journos like to point fingers at others, but can't take the same stick. I'm of the group that believes Ball Tampering should just be legalised, using anything that is found naturally on the field of play. You already tamper with the ball anyway, putting saliva and rubbing it etc

  • POSTED BY kiranphy on | October 2, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    see how aderson tampering the ball http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h98N11bSRa4&feature=related

  • POSTED BY ausaff on | October 2, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    This guy ,Umar Gul,plays with passion..he has had bad times and god times..but he is honest and views are honest ...stop crying indians ..

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | October 2, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    It is an art for sure, if it wasn't an art then how come praveen kumar can swing it while other indian bowlers cant? Pitty PK doesn't have any pace just like the rest of inidan bowlers. If you give the ball to an idian bowler and let him do what ever he wants with the shape of the ball i bet he still wont be able to reverse it because reverse swing without pace is like facing a spiner, which brings us back to square one, you need to have pace of atleast 90 miles an hour before you start talking about other ...

  • POSTED BY Acro on | October 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

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  • POSTED BY Younus313 on | October 2, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Gul is pure class...lovely lad and a great guy...respected all over the world...just needs a consistent number of Tests under his belt to prove that he is a high class Test bowler...with a number of Tests in the next few months, Gul will get his chance...come on the Guly!

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    nice to see a good cricketer say something good.

  • POSTED BY Uzair_Baig on | October 2, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Controversy, match fixing, politics and whatever problems Pakistan's team go through this Chap has always been an stand out performer for his country. Pakistan's youth fast bowler should idolize him.

  • POSTED BY liaqathussain on | October 2, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    i didnt see him mention , anderson or broad anywhre, yet people have said he mentioned them,, he only said something that is very obvious in batsmen friendly pitches bowlers will do anything to get some advantage back,,

    i think icc need to wake up and get their head's out of the clouds and see what can be done,, ie is spiting on the ball not tempering? is shinning the ball not tempering?

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Where's Usman Samiuddin nowadays?? Anywayz, I am of the view that there is no need for a change - just stay a tad more lenient on the bal tampering issue since it's a batsmen's game nowadays and the bowlers need a few tricks in their armour too!

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | October 2, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    It seems Pakistani players are have nothing to do .......so they have decide to make "inflammatory" allegations against Sachin&Co......in order to remain relevant with times.......

    I urge PCB do something so that pak cricketers can use their "free" time more judiciously...

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | October 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Since Pakistani bowlers are good at reverse swing, and nobody can catch them breaking rules, it is understandable that they want the rules to remain the same. I think it is a valid point he makes - the aim should not be to make it easy so that everybody can reverse the ball. Reverse swing should be reserved for the highly talented only.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 2, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @ kailes patel

    Those are only allegations but nothing proven as of yet; like Gul mentioned above (if you read the article).

    I've played cricket and tried the art of ball tampering in the nets but unfortunately I didn't find any reverse swing what so ever. Reverse swing is an art which, can't be accomplished by ball tampering and even Wasim admitted it.

    But I guess your one of those jealous indian fans!

    Btw, did you happen to notice Anderson's blatant ball tampering against SA?

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    No fun if one cant break a rule ... ehh??

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  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    No fun if one cant break a rule ... ehh??

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 2, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @ kailes patel

    Those are only allegations but nothing proven as of yet; like Gul mentioned above (if you read the article).

    I've played cricket and tried the art of ball tampering in the nets but unfortunately I didn't find any reverse swing what so ever. Reverse swing is an art which, can't be accomplished by ball tampering and even Wasim admitted it.

    But I guess your one of those jealous indian fans!

    Btw, did you happen to notice Anderson's blatant ball tampering against SA?

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | October 2, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Since Pakistani bowlers are good at reverse swing, and nobody can catch them breaking rules, it is understandable that they want the rules to remain the same. I think it is a valid point he makes - the aim should not be to make it easy so that everybody can reverse the ball. Reverse swing should be reserved for the highly talented only.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | October 2, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    It seems Pakistani players are have nothing to do .......so they have decide to make "inflammatory" allegations against Sachin&Co......in order to remain relevant with times.......

    I urge PCB do something so that pak cricketers can use their "free" time more judiciously...

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Where's Usman Samiuddin nowadays?? Anywayz, I am of the view that there is no need for a change - just stay a tad more lenient on the bal tampering issue since it's a batsmen's game nowadays and the bowlers need a few tricks in their armour too!

  • POSTED BY liaqathussain on | October 2, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    i didnt see him mention , anderson or broad anywhre, yet people have said he mentioned them,, he only said something that is very obvious in batsmen friendly pitches bowlers will do anything to get some advantage back,,

    i think icc need to wake up and get their head's out of the clouds and see what can be done,, ie is spiting on the ball not tempering? is shinning the ball not tempering?

  • POSTED BY Uzair_Baig on | October 2, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Controversy, match fixing, politics and whatever problems Pakistan's team go through this Chap has always been an stand out performer for his country. Pakistan's youth fast bowler should idolize him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 2, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    nice to see a good cricketer say something good.

  • POSTED BY Younus313 on | October 2, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Gul is pure class...lovely lad and a great guy...respected all over the world...just needs a consistent number of Tests under his belt to prove that he is a high class Test bowler...with a number of Tests in the next few months, Gul will get his chance...come on the Guly!

  • POSTED BY Acro on | October 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

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