Top 10 Cricketers Who Have Been Accused of Ball Tampering

In cricket, ball tampering is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball, mostly done to improve bowling conditions.Under Law 41, subsection 3 of the Laws of Cricket, the ball may be polished without the use of an artificial substance, may be dried with a towel if it is wet, and have mud removed from it under supervision; all other actions which alter the condition of the ball are illegal. These are usually taken to include rubbing the ball on the ground, scuffing with a fingernail or other sharp object, or tampering with the seam of the ball.

Generally, the purpose of altering the state of the ball is to achieve more favourable bowling conditions. Examples of ball tampering would include a fielder applying a substance, such as lip balm or sweetened saliva, to shine one side of the ball or pick the seam of the ball to encourage more swing. Conversely, roughening one side of the ball by use of an abrasive or cutting surface (such as boot spikes or bottle caps or sandpaper) is also ball tampering. Here is a list of cricketers who were accused of ball tampering some point in their cricket career. I have listed the items in this manner: Cricketer - the country they represent - year

The Top Ten Cricketers Who Have Been Accused of Ball Tampering

1 Sachin Tendulkar, India, 2001


In the second Test match of India's 2001 tour of South Africa, match referee Mike Denness suspended Sachin Tendulkar for one game in light of alleged ball tampering and fined him about 75% of his match fee. Television cameras picked up images that suggested Tendulkar was scuffing the seam of the cricket ball, though Tendulkar claimed he was actually just removing the piece of grass stuck in the seam of the ball. This led to a huge backlash from the Indian public, and created a huge controversy in the cricket world. He was later cleared of ball tampering charges. - styLIShT

2 Marcus Trescothick, England, 2005

Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, Coming Back to Me, that he used mints to shine the ball to produce more swing : "It was my job to keep the shine on the new ball for as long as possible with a bit of spit and a lot of polish. And through trial and error I finally settled on the type of spit for the task at hand. It had been common knowledge in county cricket for some time that certain sweets produced saliva which, when applied to the ball for cleaning purposes, enabled it to keep its shine for longer and therefore its swing." He found Murray Mints worked the best. The admission came 3 years after the conclusion of the 2005 Ashes series, in which England beat Australia 2�"1. - styLIShT

3 Waqar Younis, Pakistan, 2000

Waqar Younis of Pakistan became the first player to receive a suspension for alleged ball-tampering after an international test match in July 2000, and was fined 50% of his match fee. - styLIShT

4 Faf du Plessis, South Africa, 2013

While fielding during the third day of the second Test, in Dubai, cameras captured footage of South Africa fielder Faf du Plessis scuffing the ball in a suspicious manner against the zip on his trousers. The on-field umpires penalised South Africa by adding 5 runs to Pakistan's total, and changing the ball. The match referee imposed a 50% match fee fine on du Plessis after the fielder pleaded guilty, although the team manager Mohammad Mosajee maintained that penalty was "harsh", and the team decided not to challenge the finding as it may have led to heavier sanctions. Despite the "guilty" plea, team captain Graeme Smith denied that their participation in ball tampering tainted the series-levelling win as South Africa went on to record an innings-victory during the Dubai test, to tie the series 1-1. - styLIShT

5 Rahul Dravid, India, 2004

Rahul Dravid of India rubbed a cough lozenge on the shiny side of the ball at Brisbane during an Australian Tri-Series match against Zimbabwe. India won the match, but footage emerged of Dravid tampering with the ball, and he was fined 50% of his match fee. - styLIShT

6 James Anderson and Stuart Broad, England, 2010

In January 2010, England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were accused of ball tampering by rubbing the ball on the ground with their spikes in the third Test Match against South Africa. Broad maintained that he was just being lazy, because it was 40 degrees Celsius in Cape Town that day. Nasser Hussain, who had captained Anderson, said: "Stuart Broad and James Anderson were wrong to behave in the manner they did and I've no doubt that if a player from another country did the same we'd have said they were cheating." No charges were formally placed by South Africa even though they made the accusations at a press conference. - styLIShT

In this image that you will see after approval, James Anderson is on the right and Stuart Broad on the left. - styLIShT

7 Shahid Afridi, Pakistan, 2010

Shahid Afridi, when he was the Pakistani captain, received a two T20 international match ban for ball-tampering in a match against Australia in January 2010. He was caught on camera biting the cricket ball in a weird attempt to adjust the seam of the ball. The ball was eventually replaced. He told the media that he was trying to smell the ball but he eventually pleaded guilty for ball tampering. - styLIShT

8 Michael Atherton, England, 1994

The England captain Michael Atherton was accused of ball tampering during a Test match with South Africa at Lord's in 1994 after television cameras caught Atherton reaching into his pocket and then rubbing a powdery substance on the ball. Atherton denied ball tampering, claiming that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. He was also accused of lying to the match referee. Atherton was summoned to the match referee and was fined £2,000 (£3,700 today) for failing to disclose the dirt to the match referee. - styLIShT

9 Cameron Bancroft, Australia, 2018

Australian player Cameron Bancroft was charged with ball tampering on 24 March 2018, when videos emerged that showed him rubbing, and later concealing, a yellow object during day three of the Third Test against South Africa. Bancroft later claimed the object was a short length of yellow adhesive tape to which dirt and grit had adhered, forming an abrasive surface �" though four days later, Cricket Australia confirmed that this was actually sandpaper. He was suspended from International and domestic cricket for 9 months. Alongside him, captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner were also suspended for a year. - styLIShT

10 Peter Siddle, Australia, 2012

In the first test of a test series, Sri Lanka notified match referee Chris Broad that Australian bowler Peter Siddle may have been raising the seam of the ball during Sri Lanka's first innings. Peter Siddle collected a haul of 5/54. He was later cleared by the International Cricket Council. - styLIShT

The Contenders

11 Steve Smith, Australia, 2018


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