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.


'We don't cheat' - AB de Villiers
'We don't cheat' - AB de Villiers

South Africa are claiming innocence over the ball-tampering penalty they were hit with after the 30th over of Pakistan's second innings on the third day in Dubai

South Africa penalised for ball-tampering
South Africa penalised for ball-tampering

South Africa were penalised five runs for ball-tampering and the team was the subject of a hearing after play on the third day

Du Plessis pleads guilty, fined for ball-tampering
Du Plessis pleads guilty, fined for ball-tampering

Faf du Plessis has been fined 50% of his match fees after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai

PCB wants clarification on 'inconsistent' ball-tampering penalty
PCB wants clarification on 'inconsistent' ball-tampering penalty

Najam Sethi, the chairman of the interim management committee running the PCB, has said the Pakistan board wants clarification from the ICC on the "inconsistency" in the application of the ball-tampering rule

ICC to ban zippers, bowlers
ICC to ban zippers, bowlers

Foolproof methods to combat menace of ball-tampering devised

What's the fuss about ball-tampering anyway?
What's the fuss about ball-tampering anyway?

Maybe it's time to take away the layers of morality and shrillness around it and treat it like the low-grade offence it is

Why the inconsistency in penalising tampering?
Why the inconsistency in penalising tampering?

Faf du Plessis was fined for using a zipper to change the condition of the ball, while Afridi was banned for biting it. Why the double standard?

Umpires given power to curb ball tampering
Umpires given power to curb ball tampering

In a bid to clamp down on ball tampering, the ICC has strenghened the umpires' authority by agreeing a two-step on-field process to deal with the issue

An establishment fudge
An establishment fudge

Eighteen years ago a series between England and Pakistan finished amid scenes of acrimony, fuelled by the incompetence of the TCCB and the ICC

Keep it simple
Keep it simple

The more you legislate the game, the more anal it will become

The hows and whys of ball-tampering
The hows and whys of ball-tampering

Just about every cricketer has tried to alter the condition of the ball; the batsman-friendly nature of the game is to blame

The rebel who could be king, and a rule whose time may be up
The rebel who could be king, and a rule whose time may be up

Why Afridi may be the captain Pakistan needs, and why the case against ball-tampering may not be as strong as some of us think

'Shahid's desire to win was there for all to see'
'Shahid's desire to win was there for all to see'

Shahid Afridi was banned for two Twenty20s after being caught on camera biting the ball during the final ODI in Perth. Disbelief and jokes followed

Afridi banned for two T20s for ball-tampering
Afridi banned for two T20s for ball-tampering

Shahid Afridi has been banned for two Twenty20 internationals after being found guilty of ball-tampering during Pakistan's two-wicket loss to Australia at the WACA in Perth

'What would we say if it was Pakistan?'
'What would we say if it was Pakistan?'

South Africa thought England's bowlers were "a bit naughty" with the ball in Cape Town. Others weighed in too

No official complaint over Broad footwork
No official complaint over Broad footwork

South Africa will not lay an official complaint over England's treatment of the ball during the third day's play at Cape Town

De Villiers reignites tampering row
De Villiers reignites tampering row

AB de Villiers accused Stuart Broad of being "a little bit naughty" for stepping on the ball early in South Africa's second innings

Strauss brands tampering claims 'malicious'
Strauss brands tampering claims 'malicious'

Cricket has always been a game of narrow margins, but this is ridiculous

Stuart Broad 'astonished' by tampering charges
Stuart Broad 'astonished' by tampering charges

Stuart Broad and James Anderson, the two England bowlers at the centre of the recent ball-tampering controversy, have steadfastly defended their actions during the third Test against South Africa

Tampering with ball won't help much - Akram
Tampering with ball won't help much - Akram

Wasim Akram has disagreed with Allan Donald's suggestion that ball tampering should be legalised, and said bowlers wouldn't benefit much even if they were allowed to alter the state of the ball