Punishment for ball tampering and bad behaviour
It is indeed a right step in the right direction by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In modern cricket, we have 20 cameras or more watching every bit of the action. The policing is intense now. So, for Bancroft and other players to get some foreign material to scruff the ball was pretty stupid. Tampering with the ball could now lead to a ban of up to six Tests or 12 ODIs after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made it a level 3 transgression besides adding obscenity and personal abuse to the list of offences in a bid to ensure better behaviour on the field. At the end of its annual conference in Dublin, the world body came up with its plan to curb unruly behaviour on the field that has been under the scanner for a while now in the gentlemen’s game.
Upgrading balltampering from a level 2 to a level 3 offence has come in the wake of the row earlier this year when Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were
It is all in the game and the Asian Countries Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka perfected the art of ball tampering to make best use in a cricketing field. Now the new law on ball tampering punishing the erring player for 6 Tests or 12 One day matches is a welcome one. Thus dirty tricks spoil the gentleman's game and most of the so called senior cricketers did in different styles.
found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Ball tampering issue came to prominence when Du Plessis the South African player was fined 50 per cent of his match fee after admitting tampering with the ball. Du Plessis used pocket zip to roughen the ball and he was caught in the camera and the umpires spotted the unfair method of rubbing the ball to the trousers. Ball tampering is part and parcel in the world of cricket and it is not a new one.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (junior) rolled the new ball on the turf to remove the shine and for the early introduction of Bedi and Prasanna into the attack and the Indian Umpires those days were just sorry spectators as the Indian captain was doing the damage to the ball. Rahul Dravid was caught while applying lozenge to the ball but not penalised much. Sachin Tendulkar, the little master picked the seam of the ball in South Africa so as to provide better grip to our spinners but left alone with least punishment. Dirty tricks continue to haunt International cricket.
Australian skipper Steve Smith was made to shed his arrogance and was forced to quit as captain from the Australian side after Bancroft was caught red handed roughening the seam of the ball with a yellow object. In reaction to that Smith steps down as an Australian as well as Rajasthan Royals captain.
This is not the odd case on the cricketing field and it is the oldest profession to change the shape, remove the shine or to keep shine on one side, or to roughen the entire ball to get better grip for spinners or to get reverse swing for medium pacers. Soda water bottle cap spread in the boundary line helped our Ranji cricketers to roughen the ball when the ball is hit to the boundary. As there were no camera for Ranji games then, players deliberately waited in the boundary line and made sure that the ball is roughened up to the desired level before throwing the ball back to the bowler.
In school and college level cricketers, players used to apply hair oil in their person to keep the shine on the ball going. Mike Atherton made it rather easy as he brought some dirt inside his pocket and on entering the ground and having got the ball in possession from the umpire after a break; he slowly applied dirt on the ball but was caught red handed in the process. The worst of all the ball tampering was seen in India in the 1977-78 series against England. Tony Greig showered praise on our umpires on reaching India by saying that the Indian umpires are the best in the world. And this send a wrong signal as our umpires failed to note Vaseline being applied by John Lever, the left-arm medium pace bowler playing test cricket for the first time and finished as the best all rounder in his debut match as well the series. He was keeping a capsule in his eye brow to prevent sweat entering but inside the capsule Vaseline was kept for easy application.
It is all in the game and the Asian Countries Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka perfected the art of ball tampering to make best use in a cricketing field. Now the new law on ball tampering punishing the erring player for 6 Tests or 12 One day matches is a welcome one. Thus dirty tricks spoil the gentleman's game and most of the so called senior cricketers did in different styles and used different methods to roughen the ball to give an extra edge to their bowlers. This is not the proper way playing cricket but they chose the option to meet success for their team by hook or crook. Punishment for ball tampering came at the right time and ICC deserves all the praise, even though it came rather late.
Ball-tampering has been upgraded from a level 2 to level 3 offence.