Ball Tampering Controversies in International Cricket

Michael Atherton(1994)

Michael Atherton(1994)

During the test match against South Africa former England captain Michael Atherton was caught in a "dirt in pocket affair". He was accused of ball tampering at lords,after cameras caught he was rubbing the ball with a substance. But he denied that action and later he was fined from the match referee.

Sachin Tendulkar(2001)

Sachin Tendulkar(2001)

Even, the cricket god has also been the part of ball tampering controversy. In a test match against South Africa, camera's picked the images of Sachin scuffing the seam of the ball. Although Tendulkar argued that he was actually removing the piece of grass struck in the seam of the ball. Match referee Mike Deness suspended him for one match. Due to the protests of fans and players ICC investigated and later, Deness was removed from the next match as match referee. Sachin's suspension was cancelled finding him as innocent. 

Rahul Dravid(2004)

Rahul Dravid(2004)

Former Indian skipper, Dravid also caught in a similar issue against Zimbabwe at Brisbane. Television camera's picked up images that indicates rubbing a cough lozenge on the shiny side of the white ball. The match was favored India,made a 24 run victory. In the investigation, Dravid found it as guilty and charged 50% fine of his match fee.  

Marcus Trescothick(2005)

Marcus Trescothick(2005)

An uncaught crime in the cricket history was done by the former England captain Trescothick,that is too in the Ashes. Australia lost in that match against the hosts. The incident later confessed by Trescothick in his autobiography. He used mints to shine the ball to get more swing on the ball. 



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