On Monday, the former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has raised some serious questions regarding the ball-tampering incident. According to him, the whole Australian team knew about the plan.
“I am struggling to think that not everyone (in the team) knew. I might be completely wrong but you talk about it — you talk about how you’re going to treat the ball. The ball in cricket is so important. To say that a bowler has got a ball in his hands, or anybody else in the field does not know that this ball has been tampered with is absolute nonsense.”
Flintoff also joked about it, “To then say that other people didn’t know; if that’s the case I feel sorry for (Australia left-arm fast bowler) Mitchell Starc. He’s got the ball in his hands, he’s running in thinking, ‘he’s Wasim Akram’. This ball’s moving everywhere, he’s thinking, ‘I’m cracking it here, I’m doing something which is unbelievable’. Don’t tell me you didn’t know.”
Meanwhile, Flintoff also said that the punishment was too harsh. “I think the crime doesn’t warrant that. One of the things which have really annoyed me is that I’ve seen people raising their profile on the back of other people’s misery. I’ve seen people I’ve played with, who have been good to me; I have seen them change in the space of two seconds.”