Ball tampering is not something your generation knows a lot about. It was rampant in the 80’s when a number of Pakistani players were accused of tampering with the cricket ball.
In simple terms ‘ball tampering’ is when a player tampers with the condition of the cricket ball so as to create an unfair advantage for the bowling team. By changing the condition of the ball it can impact the way the ball swings and spins. It is against the rules of cricket.
The Australian team, currently touring South Africa for a test series were caught tampering with the ball during South Africa’s second innings.
Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught on television on the third day, first rubbing a piece of yellow sticky tape on the ball and then trying to hide the tape down his trousers.
What has made things worse is that there was a discussion amongst the senior players that this should be done as the match was slipping away from them. Captain Steve Smith has admitted to the fact that the team cheated and his explanation and rational for the act was weak at best.
By cheating, as they did the Australians have taken the game of cricket to a new low. As of this moment, the ICC (International Cricket Council) has issued Steve Smith a one test ban.
Australia eventually lost the test match and Captain Steve Smith has stepped down as captain.
Some people believe the punishment does not fit the crime. Anything less than a one year ban from all forms of cricket, to all players involved, would be an insult to the sport and the spirit of the game.
Written By: Pranav Gandhi is an entrepreneur and sports writer. He has written for various publications including HuffingtonPost, CNNGo, GQ and FirstPost. He also appears on television news shows on sports-related topics. He is the co-founder and co-host of Sportal Combat