Cricketer S. Sreesanth recently sent down shockwaves following his revelation on the practice of ball tampering. The fast bowler was banned by the BCCI in 2013 in relation to a spot-fixing case. And since then Sreesanth hasn’t been seen in action.
The Indian cricketer said that ball tampering has been taking place for ages and is nothing new in the world of cricket. And therefore it is up to the ICC and BCCI to decide whether to ban players who are found involved in such practices. The veteran also said that it is a common practice in club-level games and that he is not surprised by the recent happenings.
Australian captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were under-fire for attempting to change the condition of the ball using a foreign object during the 3rd Test against South Africa.
The cameras caught Bancroft rubbing the ball with a small yellow object, which he went on to place down his trousers after realizing the threat of getting caught. He was seen rubbing the rough side of the ball, the opposite side to which one usually rubs in order to keep the shine on the ball which helps in reverse swing.
Peter Handcomb was seen talking to coach Darren Lehmann on the walkie-talkie, before entering the field with drinks. He was seen having a quick chat with Bancroft, after which the latter put the object under his pants.
Skipper Smith was under-fire and he accepted the claims. “The leadership group knew about it. We spoke about it at lunch,” he said. “I am not proud of what’s happened. It’s not within the spirit of the game. My integrity, the team’s integrity, and the leadership group’s integrity have come into question. It won’t happen again.” he said in a conference.
While Smith has been slapped with a one-Test match ban and fined 100% of his match fee, Bancroft was handed three demerit points and a fine of 75% of his match fee.
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