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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Fantasy Cricket – Players Scoring 100 in Last ODI Match

Cricket is a game of passion. And for the talented cricketer, their farewell match is extremely special. Scoring a century in last match is like dream coming true for the cricketer bidding farewell along with the fantasy cricket league fans.

There have been very few cricketers achieving this feat so far. For the fans who play fantasy cricket at 11wickets App this will be an interesting record to know.

Let’s take a look at some instances when a cricketer retired with a century in his last ODI innings. Read on and play daily fantasy cricket games.

Dennis Amiss – England

A fine batsman and an expert in caressing the ball through covers, Dennis Amiss was a fluent ODI batsman. He is one of the batsmen with a rare feat of hitting centuries on his debut and last match. During his last match on 6 June 1977, Amiss scored 108 against Australia at Kennington Oval.

Desmond Haynes – West Indies

The West Indies cricketer held many records previously that included most runs and maximum centuries. Desmond Haynes’ was consistent performer throughout his career. During his last match on 5 March 1994, he scored 115 against England at Queen’s Park Oval.

Klass-Jan van Noortwijk & Jan Kloppenburg – Netherlands

Noortwijk holds the record of highest individual score by a Netherland cricketer in one day international. During World Cup 2003 and his last match on 3 March 2003, he scored unbeaten 134 against Namibia at Mangaung Oval.

Another Netherland batsman, Jan Kloppenburg scored 121 runs in the same match. Kloppenburg too bid farewell to the cricket fraternity after this match.

James Marshall – New Zealand

Marshall managed to score his maiden century only in his last match. The Kiwi player scored 161 runs against Ireland on 1 July 2008 at Mannofield Park.

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Fantasy Cricket – 7 Ugly Cricket Clashes to Notice

Cricket is regarded as the most sporting sport in all the sports. You can have some experience of that you sit to play fantasy cricket games online. A fight doesn’t have much space in this sport. There are hopes of millions of people from the cricket players. Therefore, sometimes they can’t keep cool and get angry to some situations.

You might or might not remember some of the fights that have occurred on the cricket ground. So, let’s have a look at a few of the incidents when cricketers engaged into fights before you get engaged with the next daily fantasy cricket game at 11wickets App:

Gambhir & Afridi fight

This is a very popular episode where former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir and Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi got linked into controversy. Gambhir thought that Afridi was intentionally blocking his way. This argument soon turned heavy and umpire had to intercede in between.

Harbhajan & Symonds incident

This is regarded as one of the biggest fighting incidents in the cricket history. There was some fight between Harbhajan and Symonds, later Symonds charged Harbhajan for racist remarks. As indicated by Symonds, Harbhajan mistreated him and called him ‘Monkey’. This episode went for judicial assessment and Harbhajan was later condoned of all charges.

Pollard vs Starc

This episode occurred in IPL 2014 where the game was heading on between RCB and Mumbai Indians. This episode happened when Pollard pulled his position due to some issue, but Starc intentionally bowled the delivery towards Pollard, who was in no situation to play the ball. It turned into an unattractive incident when Pollard threw his bat towards Starc out of anger. This was most embarrassing act in cricket ever.

Bhajji Akhtar rivalry

This episode occurred when Harbhajan hit a six off Shoaib Akhtar’s ball, and then Bowler lose his cool and bowled a deadly bouncer. After that there were exchanges of words between them. But, Harbhajan won the fight by hitting a six and winning the match for India.

Miandad vs Dennis Lillee

This was one the ugliest episode in the cricket record. Javed Miandad was making quick singles and Australian icon Dennis Lillee was obstructing his way every time. After a time Javed pushed Lillee, Lillee got furious and kicked Javed Miandad. Flabergasted Javed tried to hit Lillee with his cricket bat. This was very embarrassing episode.

Ishant Akmal fight

India-Pakistan cricket match brings remarkable tension among not only cricket fans but equally the players. During a T20 match Kamran Akmal skipped the ball and there were a few exchanges of words between Ishant and Kamran. This became dispute and they began abusing each other. Later umpires and players intervened and issue was settled.

When Gambhir Hit Watson

This episode took place in Delhi test in 2008. Shane Watson had sledged Gambhir all day. After a particular limit Gambhir got upset with a few comments and hit Watson with his elbow. After this episode Gambhir was fined by match referee.

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Fantasy Cricket – Walk Down Memory Lane of Australian Cricket

In the modern cricket, Australian cricket team has been at the top for many years. Perhaps the recent ball tampering scandal has hampered the team a lot but whenever we get a match which has Australian team in the daily fantasy cricket, we cannot stop from selecting them.

Many of the top players of the Australian still play well and we can trust them to bring us points for the online fantasy cricket at 11wickets app we have made.

The history of Australian cricket is dated back to more than 200 year ago. Australia is a fascinating and diverse nation with a very vibrant history. Researchers say that the oldest living culture in the world, the Aboriginal Australians, have first arrived on the Australian mainland by boat and lived there for at least 50,000 years.

The beginning

In 1788, the first fleet of 11 British ships arrived at Botany Bay to establish New South Wales as Penal Colony. More than 162,000 convicts were sent to Australia from Great Britain. The first cricket match is recorded at Sydney in December 1803. A report of Sydney Gazette on 8 January 1804 suggested that the sport was already well established in the infant colony. By 1826, many clubs were established. In 1838, arguably Australia’s most exclusive and influential cricket club was formed in Victoria, the Melbourne Cricket Club.

The Inter-colonial cricket matches began with a visit by cricketers from Victoria to Tasmania in February 1851. The first tour by an English team to Australia was in 1861–62. In 1868, a team consisting of Aboriginal cricketers became the first Australian team to tour England. The team played 47 matches, winning 14, drawing 19 and losing 14.

More and more of cricket sports

More tours by the English teams had been done in 1873-74. The tour had the most notable cricketer of that era, WG Grace. Another tour was done by the Englishmen in 1876-1877 and that season was notable for a match between a combined XI from New South Wales and Victoria and the Englishmen play in Melbourne Cricket Ground from 15th to 19th March.

This match was later on recognised as the first test match of the Australian cricket history. The match was won by Australia by 45 runs. Charles Bannerman’s unbeaten 165 led to the win. The result of this match was seen by Australians and Englishmen as a reflection of the rising standard of Australian cricket. And thus, started the journey of Australian cricket and slowly and steadily Australian team got better and dominated in the international cricket scenario and also in the online cricket games!

Here are five facts you will be amazed to read:

  1. Until 1979 tests matches in Australia used to have 8 balls per over.
  2. Australia is the only nation to have hosted a 7-Test series during the 1970-71 Ashes.
  3. Australia has remained unbeaten at Lord’s Cricket Ground for 75 year.
  4. Australian team is the only team in cricket history to have won a Test series after trailing 0-2
  5. Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman, has only hit 6 sixes in his entire cricket career.

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Fantasy Cricket – Top 5 Richest Cricket Boards of World

If we ask you which is the sport you follow the most? With closed eyes you will reply – CRICKET. And these days with the rise in the play of fantasy cricket, the attachment to the sport has reached to a new height.

After all, the cricketers in India are demi-gods for the fans. The fans find their entertainment in the cricket matches and have developed a great rapport with the sport and the cricketers. The introduction of online cricket games and T20 cricket has been a revolutionary change.

We have seen the younger generation has attached themselves to the fast-paced T20 international and domestic cricket. This also has grabbed their attention to the world of India fantasy cricket and they play at 11wickets App

Let us take a look at the richest cricket board of the world who try their best to keep up the expectations of the ardent cricket fans around the world. Read on:

Board of Control for Cricket in India – $295 Million

BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world that provides its players the top-class facilities and services. Anurag Thakur is the President of BCCI who is a member of Lok Sabha as well. Its net worth is $295 Million from the year 1926 to 2019.  The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

Cricket South Africa – $79 Million

Cricket board of South Africa is the second richest cricket board in the world. Its net worth is $79 million which is more than four times lesser than the net worth of Indian cricket board. The board was originally created as the United Cricket Board of South Africa in 1991. Its current President is Haroon Logart.

England and Wales Cricket Board – $59 Million

With a net worth of $59, England and Wales Cricket Board holds the third position amongst the richest cricket boards around the world. It was created on 1 January 1997 combining the roles of Test and County Cricket Board, the National Cricket Association and the Cricket Council. Its present chairperson is Colin Graves and the headquarters of ECB is in London.

Pakistan Cricket Board – $55 Million

Pakistan has a huge fan base of cricket. Their net worth presently sums up to $55 million, making them the second richest cricket board in Asia and fourth richest in the world. Its chairman is Shahryar Khan. The Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan had been formed in 1948 but later on 28 July 1952, it renamed as Pakistan Cricket Board.

Bangladesh Cricket Board – $51 Million

Bangladesh Cricket Board has a net worth of $51 million from the year 1972 to 2016. The BCB became a full member of the International Cricket Council on 26 June 2000. The Board has its headquarters in Dhaka. Its President is Nazmul Hasan Papon. It is operated by Government of Bangladesh.

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Fantasy Cricket – Australian Top 5 Cricket Grounds

You may have read our blog post about Australian cricket history and hence, we need not repeat how old cricket in Australia is. Cricket sport is one of the most popular in Australia. Fantasy cricket games generate interest in all parts of the nation and cricket is quite often referred to as a national sport.

Tell us one thing! Are you acquainted with any Indian or Australian native, who can describe the beauty of the Australian cricket grounds to you? If not, the new 11Wickets app is here for you! Australia has some of the most stunning cricket grounds in the world, equipped with the latest technology and large enough to accommodate the large crowd of cricket crazy fans. The nation has nineteen cricket stadiums where international cricket matches have been played.

Let’s take a look at the five most popular stadiums in Australia. Read on:

The Gabba

The Gabba is also named as Brisbane Cricket Ground. It is located at Brisbane in Queensland. This stadium has been named after Woolloongabba region where it is built, hence the shortened name Gabba. The first cricket match held here was in 1896. Its playing area is 170.6m long and 149.9m wide with a capacity of 37,000. It is the home ground for the Queensland Cricket Association. It normally holds test matches between Australia and England and other ODI cricket matches which are often hosted in January. The Gabba has organized over 660 cricket matches since its initial creation in 1895.

Bellerive Oval

The home of Tasmanian cricket, Bellerive Oval in Hobart is one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. River Derwent runs alongside the stadium and this is the only venue in Tasmania where international matches are hosted. Aside from the cricket, Hobart is a lively city with a rich cultural heritage, surrounded by woodland and beautiful hills. This stadium was formerly known as Blundstone Arena as was established in 1914. The stadium has a playing area of 175.0m length 135.5m breadth with a capacity of 15,000. The stadium has till date hosted 235 cricket matches.

Sydney Cricket Ground

Also known as SCG, Sydney Cricket Ground is the world’s most iconic cricket ground. The center of the city is just a short walk from the stadium. It was built in 1848 and is the home ground for several cricket teams. Do you know about Sir Don Bradman’s record-breaking score of 452 not out? He made that record in SCG. It is the favourite venue of Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. With a capacity of 44,002, SCG has a playing area of 156.0m long and 154.0m wide. Sydney Cricket Ground has hosted over 860 matches till date.

Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval, located in Parklands, is a stunning venue. It is the favourite venue of Indian skipper, Viral Kohli. Built in 1873, this stadium is just a short walk from the centre of the city. The ground with the playing area of 190.2m long and 126.2m breadth can be the host of 50,000 cricket crowd. The first cricket match was held in 1877 between South Australia and Tasmania.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket Ground is located at Yarra Park in Melbourne. It is the biggest cricket ground in the nation and the 10th largest in the world by capacity. The MCG, as it is fondly called, was built in 1853. Two Cricket World Cups in 1992 and 2015 has been hosted in this ground. The first cricket match to be played at the ground was between New South Wales and Victoria in 1856. MCG holds the capacity of 90,000 cricket fans with the playing ground measuring 172.9m long and 147.8m wide.

These were the five most popular cricket grounds where the fans can go and watch their favourite team defeating opponent and also enjoy online cricket games.

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