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.


Some players have 'failed our culture' - Steve Waugh
Some players have 'failed our culture' - Steve Waugh

Former players reacted in anger and with shock to Australia's admission of ball-tampering in the Newlands Test

Bancroft, Smith admit to ball tampering
Bancroft, Smith admit to ball tampering

Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has admitted to trying to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa

Cameron Bancroft at centre of alleged ball-tampering row
Cameron Bancroft at centre of alleged ball-tampering row

A small, yellow object was seen in Bancroft's hands after he had worked on the ball, and he was also captured taking it from his pocket and seeming to place it down his trousers

Margins, morality, and the many collapses of 2016
Margins, morality, and the many collapses of 2016

A look at the top cricket trends of the year: slippery Test batting, Bangladesh's assertiveness, umpire calls, ball-tampering, and a captain called Kohli

The ball-tampering law is clear. But it's not enforceable
The ball-tampering law is clear. But it's not enforceable

It's time everyone reached an agreement on what objects can be brought on to the field and be acceptably used on the ball

MCC sticks with present ball-tampering law
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

Tampering claims 'a joke' - Amla
Tampering claims 'a joke' - Amla

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has called for 'common sense to prevail' in regard to allegations of ball tampering against Faf du Plessis

Allow players to use one method to aid swing
Allow players to use one method to aid swing

It will be easier to police tampering if bowlers are given an incentive to obey the law

Why Kohli and Warner weren't charged
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

The laws do not define 'artificial substance' - Lorgat
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

Du Plessis to appeal ball-tampering verdict
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

ICC 'disappointed' by du Plessis' decision to appeal verdict
ICC 'disappointed' by du Plessis' decision to appeal verdict

ICC chief executive David Richardson stated that until the laws of the game are amended, the practice of charging players when evidence shows a breach will continue

The problems with Law 42.3
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?

Du Plessis found guilty, but free to play in Adelaide
Du Plessis found guilty, but free to play in Adelaide

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball-tampering but is free to play in the Adelaide Test

'I felt I did nothing wrong' - du Plessis
'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

Application of substances to ball happens often, says Domingo
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.

Outsource the tampering
Outsource the tampering

There has been enough talk about looking kindly on tampering, but what if it was done off the field?

A little ball-tampering will do cricket good
A little ball-tampering will do cricket good

What's wrong with letting people help get the ball to swing, if they're doing it using natural resources?

No zips on cricket kit by 2015
No zips on cricket kit by 2015

It has been revealed that zips were due to be banned from international cricket kit before the latest ball-tampering controversy

Another 'C' word for South Africa?
Another 'C' word for South Africa?

South Africa's reputation of being arguably the most professional and respectable team has taken a hit by the ball-tampering episode