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Bishan Singh Bedi, India, Cape Town, Ball Tampering, Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft
Bishan Singh Bedi calls for 'fair' approach. Photo Credit: Web.
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Bishan Singh Bedi termed fresh ball-tampering scandal as tragedy for cricket

Former Indian cricketer and coach Bishan Singh Bedi has lambasted the culprits for maligning the image of gentleman’s game.

Bedi’s statement came after Australian Cameron Bancroft attempted to scuff the ball in Cape Town.

Ex-Indian skipper Bedi referred the fresh incident in Cape Town as a tragedy for the modern-day cricket while adding such devious acts have made the sport to suffer in the recent past.

“I would like to think it as one of the great tragedies of modern cricket,” while speaking to the newswire PTI, Bedi said.

The legendary bowler Bedi further deemed players responsible for attempting to scuffing the ball.

“There is no doubt there has been a mistake and the players are responsible for this,” Bedi told PTI.

The 71-year-old veteran left-arm spinner Bedi maintained it could not be the tactic of just two players. While expressing the sadness, he felt there is a lot to be done in the contemporary cricket.

The captain has accepted it, acknowledged the mistake, top management has admitted, this is not a handiwork of one or two players. It’s very sad,” Bedi asserted.

On March 25, Bedi added the action has to be strict over such issues while reiterating he does not rely on any limitation regarding the sternest of the actions.

“According to me, no limit could be prescribed for strict action. We do mislead, misguide kids — winning at any cost is a message that is wrong,” Bedi added.

Having the massive experience on his back, Bedi stated it’d always been important to impart the best to the wards respectively.

“Winning is important, but winning by fair means, is the message we must spread,” Bedi further added.

Since his international debut in January 1967, Bishan Singh Bedi played 67 Tests and 10 One-day Internationals. He bagged 273 wickets across formats.

The former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja also reacted over the ball-tampering saga. He believes the world cricket body International Cricket Council is there to witness where the competition should be going.

Concluding, Jadeja stated the representatives of the game have to decide the state of the game in particular. He hasn’t said much regarding the fresh controversy.

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Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town, Ball Tampering
Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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ICC suspends Steven Smith for a Test; Cameron Bancroft charged with match fee

The Cape Town Test has been under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The latest from the cricketing body International Cricket Council revealed Australian skipper Steven Smith had been suspended for a Test match.

Also, Smith was fined 100 percent match fee after terming the incident as ‘leadership group’ tactic.

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The CEO of the ICC David Richardson happened to charge Smith. As per the ICC’s Code of Code under the Article 2.2.1 which is referred for Players and Player Support Personnel.

“The decision made by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself and is, therefore ‘serious’ in nature,” Richardson maintained in ICC’s release.

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town
Steven Smith during a press conference. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

This automatically suggests Smith won’t take the field in the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg. The Test is slated between March 30 and April 3.

“As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended,” Richardson added.

However, the ball-temper Cameron Bancroft has escaped a ban, but the world cricket in its decisive action handed over a 75 percent match fee to the opening batsman. He was held responsible for breaching Level 2 of the Rules and Regulations set by the Board owing to the Article of 2.2.9. It eventually falls under the clause of 41.3.

Both players have accepted their sanctions respectively after being proposed by the match referee Andy Pycroft, who hails from Zimbabwe.

“That said, I acknowledge that Cameron has accepted responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty to the charge and apologising publicly,” Pycroft said.

The incident broke the internet on Saturday (March 24). The visuals appeared during the third day’s play of the penultimate Test in Cape Town.

Moreover, the right-handed batsman Bancroft was also handed the three demerit points.

“As a young player starting out in international cricket, I hope the lessons learned from this episode will strongly influence the way he plays the game during the rest of his career,” Pycroft concluded.

The New South Wales-based ace batsman Steven Smith had to pay the price after the public admission.

During the lunch session, TV cameras caught Bancroft while trying to alter the condition of the ball.

Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, Australia, South Africa, Cape Town
Umpires questioned Cameron Bancroft at Newlands. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, the on-field umpires; Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth further intervened and quizzed Bancroft on the field. He happened to show them a piece of microfibre.

In between the TV footages, Bancroft appeared to hide a yellow object in his trousers. He further admitted that it was the yellow tape which he used to scuff the ball in between the overs.

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Alastair Cook, Ball-tampering, Steven Smith, Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft, Yellow Tape, England, South Africa, Australia
Alastair Cook speaks about the ball-tampering. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

SA vs AUS, 2018: Alastair Cook reacts after ball-tampering saga in Cape Town

Former England skipper Alastair Cook termed it ‘sad’ for gentleman’s game. He recorded his statement after witnessing Australian skipper and opener batsman Cameron Bancroft admitting of tampering the ball.

“You live and die by the sword,” Cook told BBC’s Test Match Special.

Alastair Cook, Ball-tampering, Steven Smith, Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft, Yellow Tape, England, South Africa, Australia
Cameron Bancroft was caught was altering the condition of cherry. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 33-year-old Gloucester-born Cook termed the star players are bound to play the game within rules and regulations.

“The guys who are in the limelight have a responsibility to play cricket in the right way. It’s sad for cricket,” Cook said.

The public reaction of left-handed batsman Cook over the recent saw him suggested the players are supposed to be within limits.

“We have to play by the rules. As captain, you are responsible for the other 10 guys and are the public figure for that,” Cook maintained.

Pertinently, the incident happened during the second session of day three of the Cape Town Test. Bancroft was caught on Tv camera while tampering with the ball.

On the other side, the leading run scorer in Test fold for England, Cook has cited the example of England’s struggle in the pink-ball Test in Auckland. He hinted what has been deemed as wrongdoing must not be a choice of tactic for the team.

“There are days when things don’t go your way – and the first day here in Auckland was a prime example of that – but there is always a way to get back into the game,” Cook said.

Alastair Cook, Ball-tampering, Steven Smith, Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft, Yellow Tape, England, South Africa, Australia
Nasser Hussain also spoke regarding the ball-tampering. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The exciting batsman, later on, revealed it was the yellow type which he went on to hide in his trousers.

So much so, the grains from the pitch were used over the ball with the help of a tape.

Early in his international cricket, the Test specialist Bancroft remarked he panicked more after witnessing the footage on a giant screen.

During the presser, Bancroft alongside Smith admittedly publicly while stating it was ’embarrassing.’

Interestingly, Smith went on to remark it was purely a team tactic during a break. However, both remarked that there was no involvement of any of the coaches.

Alastair Cook, Ball-tampering, Steven Smith, Cape Town, Cameron Bancroft, Yellow Tape, England, South Africa, Australia
Before Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen also spoke about the incident. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Owing to the fiasco, which further saw Bancroft openly trying to scuff the ball, Alastair Cook said right prospect must adhere to the gentleman’s game.

While admitting they bring the disrepute into the game, Smith extended his apology.

The shocking admission of both the cricketers; Smith and Bancroft have further angered the cricket fans worldwide. Moreover, stated the skipper must face the music after the folly.

Somewhat expressing the empathy, Cook, who served the Three Lions as a leader believes it would not have been easy for Smith.

“I’m sure Steve Smith is not in a very comfortable position – and in one sense you do feel for him, because I know what the pressure is like as captain of a country,” Cook Concluded.

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David Warner, Cape Town, Spectator, Kagiso Rabada
David Warner was undone by paceman Kagiso Rabada. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Spectator expelled from the ground after exchanging heated words with David Warner

David Warner is again in the news this time he was involved in having a few words with the spectator. The incident took place on day two of the third Test between South Africa and Australia at the Cape Town on Friday.

The deputy of Steven Smith, Warner, was bowled by speedster Kagiso Rabada. Warner blasted 30 off 14 balls before witnessing stumps goes cartwheeling. He smashed five fours and a six.

As Warner started walking up the stairs which leads to the changeroom, the spectator was seen clapping.

David Warner, Cape Town, Spectator, Kagiso Rabada
David Warner got off to a blazing start. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The latest video also revealed a security guard at Newlands Stadium tried to pacify the matter.

Moreover, the spectator also walked up the stairs on the other side of a fence while exchanged words with Warner.

The left-handed aggressive batsman Warner earlier seemed to have ignored the words. But as soon as the spectator came close, Warner turned back in anger.

The 31-year-old Warner also responded to the spectator in the heated of a moment.

However, it’s not conclusive in a video whether the fan has abused Warner or not.

Standing guard for the Australian players the security man also leapt over one of the fences of the Newlands. The security official is revealed to have been in serious conversation with the fan.

Fresh reports suggested Newlands management has shown the exit door to the fan to avoid any backlash.

The latest development revealed the spectators was expelled from the stadium while considering the safety of the players.

In the first Test, Warner had almost come to the blows with Quinton de Kock in Durban. It was revealed to the public when the CCTV footage of the change room was made available to the media.

Bold and brash, Warner always wore the heart on his sleeve which forced him to pay the price in between.

The four-match Test series is concurrently levelled at one each. While filing this report, Australia were 150 for five in 37.4 overs. They’re trailing by 161 runs, as the Proteas were dismissed on 311 in the first innings.

Here’s the video of the incident in which David Warner was involved:

https://twitter.com/Dazza_20/status/977124262417858560

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cape Town, ODI, Practice, South Africa Vs India 2018
Mahendra Singh Dhoni doing his duty behind stumps. (Credits: Getty)
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SA vs IND, 2018: MS Dhoni plots Proteas downfall ahead of Cape Town showdown

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most decorated wicketkeepers of all time. With 769 international scalps, Dhoni is third on the list of most dismissals affected by a wicketkeeper behind South African Mark Boucher (998) and veteran Australian Adam Gilchrist (905).

But while the stats will make anyone believe that the former India skipper Dhoni works really hard behind the scene, it is not like that. Just a couple of weeks ago, the World Cup-winning skipper had said he rarely practices wicketkeeping in nets.

“I think it’s because of my unorthodox keeping style. Stephen Fleming (CSK coach) always says that he has never seen me keep wickets in net sessions in his nine years of IPL coaching. I think a lot of it needs to be done in the mind,” Dhoni had said during an event.

However, on Tuesday (February 5), just a day before the third One-Day International against South Africa, the 36-year-old, known for his street-smart approach, spent a considerable amount of time at the nets keeping wickets.

SA vs IND, 2018: MS Dhoni plots Proteas downfall ahead of Cape Town showdown 1
Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not like keeping wickets in nets (Credits: AFP)

According to The Times of India report, Dhoni focused on collecting slower deliveries sent down the leg-side and attempted whip off the bails.

The hosts have failed to counter wrist spinners in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav so far and believed coming down the track to play spin can help their cause.

Chahal and Kuldeep have taken 13 wickets together in the first two games and have looked almost unplayable for the South African batsmen.

Proteas batting coach Dale Benkenstein has already hinted that the hosts would be adopting an aggressive approach and Dhoni is taking no chances.

SA vs IND, 2018: MS Dhoni plots Proteas downfall ahead of Cape Town showdown 2
India is leading the series 2-0 as Mahendra Dhoni has been working hard with Kohli aiming to seal the series. (Credits: BCCI)

Meanwhile, with Cape Town facing a water crisis due to a severe drought, the wicket is likely to be on the slower side. As a result, the Indian spinners are likely to cause more difficulties for the South African batsmen who had called as many as five slow bowlers in the nets to prepare themselves.

India is currently leading the series ODI series 2-0.

SA vs IND, 2018: MS Dhoni plots Proteas downfall ahead of Cape Town showdown 3
Kuldeep and Chahal have picked up 3 wickets so far which further saw Mahendra Singh Dhoni lending support. (Credits: BCCI)

In-form India will be looking to win the third ODI on Wednesday and go one inch closer to seal a historic series win.

Interestingly, India have never won a bilateral ODI series against South Africa in their own backyard.

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Five Most Iconic Grounds in World Where India is Yet to Win a Test Match

India Test Journey started when they toured England to play only one Test match which started from 25 June 1932 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground under the leadership of CK Nayudu.

However, India lost the match by 158 runs. Since then, India has played 516 Test matches including the ongoing Test match against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Out of those, India has won 142 with a win percentage of 27.51, and drawn 214 Test matches.

Here is a list of five iconic cricket grounds in the world where India has never won a Test match:

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