Team manager of Bangladesh Cricket, Khaled Mahmud, had an interesting take on the ball-tampering row eclipsing the game of cricket currently.
Mahmud revealed that ball-tampering is a common phenomenon when Pakistan players feature in the Dhaka leagues.
“Many Pakistani players used to come to Bangladesh to play in the leagues and it [ball tampering] used to happen quite often and there were many complaints,” disclosed Khaled Mahmud from the sidelines of the Independence Day exhibition cricket match on Monday.
According to Mahmud, there were numerous occasions when bowlers were expensive in their first spell, but later on came back to clinch a five-for.
“Sometimes, a bowler gave away 40 runs from his first five overs but later went on to pick five wickets for just five runs,” Mahumud continued while speaking to The Daily Star.
Many legendary cricketers have done it in the past: Mahmud
The difference in the first spell and second spell was the reverse swing, for Mahmud. However, Mahmud expressed his disappointment on the ‘Sandpaper Gate,’ having said that reverse swing is part and parcel of the game.
“That’s because the ball started to reverse and it happened whenever the Pakistani players were here. We accepted, thinking that they knew the art but what happened this time [in South Africa] is truly disappointing,” Mahmud added.
The Former Bangladeshi all-rounder could not help but imagine what would have unfolded had a lower ranked team performed such heinous act.
“Why would such a big team do this? If the minnows or we [Bangladesh] had done it I don’t know what would happen. But I have never seen any Bangladeshi player doing this,” defended the 46-year old Bangladeshi.
When asked whether ball-tampering is popular in the Dhaka Premier League, Khaled Mahmud could not quite refute the argument.
“Whoever does this, they do it very tactfully and we might not be able to catch it but that’s not fair. However, many legendary cricketers have done it in the past so it has become a part of cricket these days,” concluded Khaled Mahmud.