Cricket ball tampering claims and cases

Cricket has an extensive history of ball tampering claims and cases, with Faf du Plessis's lolly trick far from the only recent example.


Mike Atheron (1994): The infamous dirt in the pocket act against South Africa earned the former England captain a fine of $A4,750. Atherton claimed he had used the dirt to dry his hands, rather than to rub into the ball.

Waqar Younis (2000): The Pakistan pace king became the first player banned for ball tampering when he lifted the seam during an ODI against South Africa in Colombo. Copped a one-match suspension.

Sachin Tendulkar (2001): India's batting master was caught running his fingernails through the seam while bowling in a Test in South Africa. He was handed a one-match suspended ban, but later had the charge downgraded to cleaning the ball without the umpire's permission.

Shoaib Akhtar (2003): The Pakistani speedster was seen working on the seam of a ball with his thumbnail during a one-day tri-series match in Sri Lanka. Akhtar was banned for two matches and fined 75 per cent of his match fee.

Rahul Dravid (2004): The Indian batsman was seen rubbing a yellow material, probably the fragments of a lolly, on the ball during a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Brisbane. The then-vice captain was docked 50 per cent of his match fee.

Marcus Trescothick (2005): The former England opening batsman admitted some years after their Ashes win to illegally polishing the ball while sucking on breath fresheners.

Pakistan (2006): Pakistan forfeited a Test against England after refusing to return to the field when umpires Darrel Hair and Billy Doctrove imposed a five-run penalty for changing the condition of the ball. Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq was later cleared of ball-tampering, while Hair was removed from the ICC's elite panel of umpires.

Shahid Afridi (2010): The Pakistan all-rounder was banned for two matches after biting the ball in a one-day match against Australia in Perth.

Australia (2012): Sri Lanka alerted the match referee to footage allegedly showing Australian players lifting the seam of the ball during a Test in Hobart, but they stopped short of lodging an official complaint.

Faf du Plessis (2013): The South African batsman was caught rubbing the ball on his trousers pocket zipper during a Test against Pakistan in Dubai. He copped a 50 per cent match fee fine.

Vernon Philander (2014): South African paceman Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee after footage emerged of him scratching the ball's surface during a Test in Sri Lanka.

Faf du Plessis (2016): Fined 100 per cent of his match fee but avoided suspension after footage emerged of him shining the ball with saliva while having a mint in his mouth in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

Source AAP

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