Facts On Ball Tampering In Cricket

There are rules that govern not only the men’s new fashion trends and the latest men fashion trends but also how one should play cricket, especially on an International Stage. Ball tampering is a big issue in the world of cricket as even a slightly tampered ball can change the aerodynamics of the ball that can result in the extra swing during bowling. Ball tampering has been classified as illegal under Law 41, subsection 3 of the Laws of Cricket.


1. According to this law, the things that are termed as illegal include the scratching the surface of the ball with a fingernail or any sharpened object, rubbing and pasting anything on the surface of the ball that changes the surface of the ball particularly done with an intention to achieve favorable bowling conditions.




2. According to the experts the ball can be rubbed only using a towel if it is wet or if the mud is affixed to its surface that too under the guidance and direct supervision of the umpire. He can also allow getting the ball to be polished without using any artificial substances.




3. In the world of cricket, to control the issue of ball tampering bowlers have been warned not to restore to acts such as cutting the ball surface using blades, bottle caps, sandpaper, boot spikes or even sticking the surface of the ball with creams, lotions, saliva or any sweetened substances that changes the ball’s natural swing.




4. Umpires have no objection if the bowlers restore to just cleaning up the ball’s surface with their clothing, although bowlers are often seen mixing up body sweat and or saliva to clean up the mud over the surface of the ball.




5. In the game of cricket, it is the responsibility of the umpires to supervise and monitor the condition of the ball on regular basis. According to the laws, the umpire can award five penalty runs to the batting side if the bowler is found guilty of ball tampering. If a bowler is repeatedly seen tampering with the ball, an umpire can not only prohibit him from the innings but can also penalize the captain for any prohibited behavior of his teammates.




6. Cricketing history had many cases of ball tampering the famous one was of the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar in the year 2001, in the second test match of India’s tour to South Africa. In this match, Sachin was suspended from the match on the charges of ball-tampering as adjudged by referee Mike Denness. Later ICC not only revoked the status of the match as a Test but also cleared Sachin from the alleged ball tapering as he was seen only removing the grass from the surface of the ball.