The infamous ball tampering act that disgraced former Australian Captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft. Find out all the facts revolving around the act.
The infamous 3rd test match in Cape Town between Australia and South Africa will stir some news for a long time. It will surely go down as one of the most dishearting moments in the history of ball tampering events in the sport.
Former Australian Captain Steve Smith has taken responsibility for the act. He admits plotting the entire act. In which the young cricketer, Cameron Bancroft is caught tampering the ball on video. The ICC has charged Bancroft with ball tampering and a one-match suspension for Steve Smith.
It came after Smith admitted he and other senior players, who he refused to name, plotted during a lunch break to illegally tamper with the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
What was Bancroft doing with that yellow tape?
Bancroft used sticky yellow tape, which had debris from the pitch, as a makeshift form of sandpaper while working on the ball in an illegal attempt to scuff it.
To make matters worse, he attempted to hide the evidence when he realized umpires were suspicious.
He stuffed the tape down his pants, instead of showing umpires a piece of cloth in his pocket.
Cameras captured it all and the match referee later charged him with ball tampering.
Meanwhile, watch the real-time video of the ball tampering incident:
Ball Tampering: Laws Violated
Fielders aren’t allowed to change the condition of the ball, with the major exception that they’re allowed to polish it — so long as no artificial substance is used and it doesn’t waste time.
Players can also remove mud from the ball (under the supervision of an umpire) and dry it with an approved piece of cloth.
The ICC Code of Conduct specifically outlines some of the things you can’t do to the ball, including:
- deliberately throw it into the ground to roughen it up
- apply any artificial substance to it
- interfere with the seams
- scratch the surface with fingernails or any implement
It’s up to the umpires to determine if a team has unfairly changed the condition of the ball. If they have, the ball is changed and their opponents are awarded five penalty runs.
While Bancroft was charged with ball tampering — and lost 75 percent of his match fee as a result — Smith was charged with the separate offence of “conduct of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game”, which led to him being suspended for one match and losing 100 percent of his match fee.
The Actual Story Behind Ball Tampering
On Sunday, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the organization needed a “clearer picture” of what had transpired before taking action.
But there’s already a lot that we do know.
Steve Smith admitted that there was a plot to tamper with the ball, saying it came up during a discussion in the team’s leadership group at lunch on day three of the third Test.
But he did not specifically name who was involved in the discussion and who came up with the idea, so that could be a focus of the investigation.
Questions will also be asked about coach Darren Lehmann’s level of awareness, despite Smith insisting he had no idea about the plan.
CA’s head of integrity Iain Roy was traveling to South Africa to lead the investigation.
“Once Iain submits his report we’ll be able to make further comment,” Sutherland said.
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Devine End To The Tampering Action
The umpires didn’t change the ball or award a five-run penalty as they were satisfied that Bancroft hadn’t been successful in his attempt to alter the condition of the ball. In the end, Australia lost the Test by 322 runs, with South Africa taking a 2-1 series lead.
What Future Holds For The Involved Australian Players
A premeditated plan to cheat is surely not a good look for any leader of any sporting team. Steve Smith may be looking at some serious repercussions. Many former crickets and fans are calling him to resign or face an ax. His career may turn towards an unfateful end with a life ban as well.
Meanwhile, in the upcoming I.P.L. (Indian Premier League), Smith’s captaincy for franchise R.R. (Rajasthan Royals) is also in jeopardy and Ajinkya Rahane will step in as the new skipper. Whereas for S.R.H. David Warner is a green signal as no action has been taken against him by the ICC in the ball tampering case.