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.


David Saker calls for Newlands ball-tampering report to be made public
David Saker calls for Newlands ball-tampering report to be made public

Former Australia bowling coach says he 'had no idea there was any sandpaper involved' and that he said everything to officials

Australia, no one cares about your ball-tampering anymore
Australia, no one cares about your ball-tampering anymore

Our correspondent is fed up. And Steve Smith's boring YouTube channel isn't making him feel any better

The return of the Newlands beast - the review Cricket Australia forgot
The return of the Newlands beast - the review Cricket Australia forgot

Rick McCosker is firm that CA allowed the team review to be "swamped" by Simon Longstaff's culture review

Ball-tampering: Australia's Newlands bowlers want 'rumour-mongering and innuendo' to stop
Ball-tampering: Australia's Newlands bowlers want 'rumour-mongering and innuendo' to stop

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon issue statement following Cameron Bancroft's latest comments

Cricket needs a global ball-tampering inquiry to clear the air
Cricket needs a global ball-tampering inquiry to clear the air

While Australia's transgression was by far the most brazenly egregious, ball-tampering had been a global issue

David Saker on Newlands controversy: 'The finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on'
David Saker on Newlands controversy: 'The finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on'

The then Australia bowling coach has likened the team's 'monumental mistake' to the underarm incident of 1981

Cameron Bancroft: 'Self-explanatory' that bowlers were aware of ball-tampering tactics in Newlands Test
Cameron Bancroft: 'Self-explanatory' that bowlers were aware of ball-tampering tactics in Newlands Test

CA says that the governing body is still open to hearing and investigating any new information about the Newlands incident

There is a simple alternative to using saliva on the ball
There is a simple alternative to using saliva on the ball

Cricket is poorer without the art of swing, and it's worth the experiment to preserve it, in times of Covid-19 and beyond

Change the ball-tampering and lbw laws
Change the ball-tampering and lbw laws

It's the ideal time for administrators to redress the imbalance between bat and ball

'The authorities let it happen' - Steve Waugh on Cape Town ball-tampering scandal
'The authorities let it happen' - Steve Waugh on Cape Town ball-tampering scandal

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes the previous lack of stringent punishments for ball-tampering manifested itself in things getting "out of control"

Chandimal suspended for one Test; could miss four more
Chandimal suspended for one Test; could miss four more

The Sri Lanka captain has received two suspension points and fined 100% of his match fee

Sweet v sandpaper - why Chandimal's tampering is different
Sweet v sandpaper - why Chandimal's tampering is different

How the St Lucia episode is far different to the punishments and public backlash in Australia in the aftermath of the ball tampering row

Josh Hazlewood: Australia's 'focus only on results' led to ball-tampering scandal
Josh Hazlewood: Australia's 'focus only on results' led to ball-tampering scandal

The fast bowler, who is currently recovering from injury, also admitted the scale of the controversy took the players by surprise

ICC likely to approve harsher penalties for ball tampering soon
ICC likely to approve harsher penalties for ball tampering soon

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has escaped a more severe ball-tampering charge because the ICC is yet to approve newly-modified sanctions for the offence

Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge
Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge

By not pleading guilty to the charge laid by the ICC, Chandimal will attend a hearing by match referee Javagal Srinath after the conclusion of the Test

Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing amid ball-tampering controversy
Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing amid ball-tampering controversy

The players refused to take the field for more than an hour after umpires informed them of their decision to change the ball

Warner and Bancroft to commence returns through NT Strike League
Warner and Bancroft to commence returns through NT Strike League

Banned Australian batsmen to make appearances in Northern Territory's Strike League in July; David Warner commits to playing two matches, Cameron Bancroft to entire season

'I don't think Warner and Smith will be discarded'
'I don't think Warner and Smith will be discarded'

Wade Gilbert, an authority on coaching who has worked with the All Blacks and Melbourne Storm, talks about what Cricket Australia need to do in the wake of the tampering scandal

Four things next week's ICC meeting should look to address
Four things next week's ICC meeting should look to address

From bringing swing back in short-form cricket to cracking down on abusive language, here's a wishlist

CA chairman criticises ex-players over ball-tampering outrage
CA chairman criticises ex-players over ball-tampering outrage

The CA chairman also said that former Test batsman Rick McCosker would lead the review into the culture of the Australian men's team