Three Australian cricketers, Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft found guilty of ball-tampering in a scandal that’s rocked the sport returned home from South Africa Thursday to angry supporters who feel betrayed by their actions. Well, this is not for the first time when a controversy of ball tampering has come in front. Before this, many star cricketers have mired in this scandal. This also includes famous star Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Read out the text below to know more!
1) Sachin Tendulkar, India
Sachin was found accused of ball tampering in the year 2011. It was when team India was on its South Africa tour. Meanwhile, match referee Mike Dennis accused Sachin of ball tampering. During the third day of a second test match with South Africa in Port Elizabeth, Sachin bowled for some overs, meanwhile, he caught in a camera altering the ball.
Sachin clarified that he was cleaning the seam of the ball but, because he hadn’t notified umpires he was doing it, it fell under the regulations for altering the condition of the ball. The ICC, after thoroughly investigating the matter, revoked the suspended one-game ban on Tendulkar.
2) Michael Atherton, England
The former captain of England’s cricket team was found to be tampering the ball against South Africa at Lords. After which he was fined with two thousand pounds (about 2 lakh rupees). England’s fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have also been the accused of ball tampering several times.
3) Waqar Younis, Pakistan
Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis became the first cricketer to be fined and suspended for the offense. He was found guilty during a limited-overs international against South Africa in Sri Lanka and by New Zealand match referee John Reid. He fined Waqar, 50 percent of his match fee. Pakistan skipper captain Moin Khan and all-rounder Azhar Mehmood were handed 30 percent fines during the Singer Cup one-day match.
4) Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid, the “Mr. Wall” of India was caught on camera applying lozenge on the ball while playing Zimbabwe in a one-day international in Australia. Match referee Clive Lloyd said that TV footage showed enough that the Indian captain intentionally applied the lozenge to the ball and was in breach of the code of conduct. He was found guilty and fined 50 percent of his match fee.
5) Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan
“The Rawalpindi Express” fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was banned for two one-day internationals for scratching the surface of the ball during a game against New Zealand in Sri Lanka. In his book, he admitted that he tampered the ball at many occasions. He said,
“I can’t seem to help it. I have got to do something with the ball. I know this will make a big noise, but I won’t lie about it.”
6) Faf du Plessis, South Africa
The captain of South Africa was fined 100 percent of his match for ball tampering during the second test against Australia. Earlier he was fined in 2013 for scuffing the ball on the zip of his trousers in a match Pakistan.
7) Stuart Broad, England
The England fast bowler found the accused of ball tampering when he appeared to step on the ball with the spikes of his boot during a test match against South Africa at Cape Town.
8) Shahid Afridi, Pakistan
Afridi was banned for two one-day internationals after appearing to bite the ball twice during his team’s two-wicket loss to Australia in Perth.