It is not for the first time that someone has tampered with the ball in cricket. However, the backlash has never been bigger. Why Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft are being treated as criminals? Is it as evil as match fixing?
3rd South Africa-Australia Test, Cape Town
In the second session on Saturday, television cameras capture Cameron Bancroft with a yellow object in his hand. After the day’s play, he says it was a piece of tape with chunks of the pitch on the sticky side. On day 3, Australia captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft admit to ball-tampering.
2016: Faf du Plessis
TV footage shows Faf du Plessis applying saliva onto the ball from a mint or a lolly. Du Plessis was found guilty and fined his match fee.
2014: Vernon Philander
The South African was found to breach ICC’s clause of “scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb”, and was fined 75% of his match fee.
2013: Faf du Plessis
The South African was caught rubbing the ball on his zipper playing against Pakistan. He was slapped with a hefty fine but do not lose match time.
2010: Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi is caught biting the cricket ball in a bizarre attempt to re-adjust the seam of the ball. He is slapped with a two T20 international match ban for ball-tampering.
2005: Marcus Trescothick
The English opener admitted in his autobiography, Coming Back to Me, that he used mints to shine the ball to produce more swing. The admission came 3 years after 2005 Ashes series, wherein England beat Australia 2–1.
2000: Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis received a suspension for ball-tampering after a match in July 2000, plus a fine of 50% of his match fee.
1994: Michael Atherton
During a Test match with South Africa at Lord’s in 1994, television cameras capture Atherton rubbing a substance on the ball. He was slapped with a fine of £2,000 (£3,700 today) for failing to disclose the dirt to the match referee.