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Fantasy Cricket – Curious Cases of Ball Tampering


When we participate in the fantasy cricket games, we tend to win. Likewise, during cricket games, the cricketers jump to the field with a positive urge to win matches for their teams. 

Although, sometimes this urge to win daily fantasy cricket games becomes much dominating. And the cricketers do something which is against the rules of the game. Cricket is the Gentleman’s Game. However, there have been some such incidents in the history of the game. This is the time when the players who have played this game have done something. Due to these incidents, they have been embarrassed.  

Today we are going to tell you about some such players, who have been accused of the ball-tampering antics. Read on and join online fantasy cricket games at 11Wickets App for Android/iOS. 

Steve Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft – South Africa v Australia, 2018 

Australia’s team in 2018 Was on a tour of Africa. The third Test match of the Test series was played in Newlands, Cape Town. In this test match, the Australian players carried out the ball-tampering incident. Australian players were severely criticized all over the world for this action. Former Australia captain Steve Smith immediately held a press conference and during this he admitted that the Australian team had planned to cheat South Africa in the third and deciding Test match of the series. Following this incident, Steve has been banned for a match with a 100 percent match fine, while Bancroft will have to pay 75 percent of the match fee. 

Faf du Plessis – South Africa v Australia, 2016 

During the matches played between Australia and South Africa, there have been incidents of ball tempering 3 times in the last 5 years. Which also includes Captain Faf du Plessis. During this test, in a video by Faf du Plessis, it was known that Du Plessis had something sweet in his mouth and he was putting his saliva on the ball. After this incident, ICC fined him 100% of the match fee, blaming him for ball tempering. 

Shahid Afridi – Australia v Pakistan, 2010 

Shahid Afridi was caught flirting with the ball during an ODI series match played between Australia and Pakistan in the year 2010. Shahid Afridi, known for his dhansu game, was found guilty of the offense of 2.2.9 of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Code of Conduct. In this match, Afridi was leading the Pakistan team in the absence of Mohammad Yusuf. In TV cameras, Shahid Afridi was seen cutting the ball from the mouth. After this, the TV umpire informed the on-field umpires about this incident and then later the on-field umpires replaced the ball. Shahid Afridi had also apologized while regretting his actions, but the ICC had banned Afridi for 2 T20 matches. Shortly after this incident, Shahid Afridi also admitted that he had tampered with the ball. 

Waqar Younis – Pakistan v South Africa, 2000 

Former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis was the first player to be punished due to ball tempering. Waqar Younis was found guilty of tampering with the seam of the ball in 2000 when the Pakistan team was playing a one-day match against South Africa. After this, he was banned for one match by the ICC. 

Ball Tempering in the 70s! 

In the case of ball tempering, Waqar Younis may have been the first player to be punished, but the first charge of ball tampering was on England fast bowler John Lever in the seventies. At that time, the captain of the Indian team was Bishan Singh Bedi. He accused John Lever of applying Vaseline to the ball. Former England captain Michael Atherton also tampered with the ball from the soil kept in the pocket. However, this controversy has been engulfing cricket. 

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