Australian media accuses Shakib of ball tampering (video)
Poriborton Desk 1:12 pm, September 07, 2017
The Australian media accused Shakib Al Hassan of Ball tampering in the second Test match against Australia. A video footage has emerged of the world’s No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan appearing to engage in ball tampering on day three of Bangladesh’s second Test with Australia.
Shakib Al Hasan is the top-ranked all-rounder in all formats of cricket and was man of the match in Bangladesh’s historic victory in the first Test in Dhaka last week — their maiden Test victory over Australia.
But footage has emerged of the 30-year-old appearing to rub the ball into the dirt behind umpire Nigel Llong as he prepares to bowl.
Llong appears unaware of what is happening behind him, while Al Hasan glances up at the umpire before appearing to scuff one side and the seam of the ball.
It raised eyebrows on social media, with several users pointing out the suspicious actions.
The incident occurred at the start of the 81st over, after Bangladesh had taken the second new ball offered to them.
It is not uncommon for players to rub their hands in the dirt to dry them.
But it is strictly against the rules to change the state or characteristics of the ball by rubbing or scratching it.
Spin has been king in this series, with Australia’s spinners taking nine of the ten wickets to fall in Bangladesh’s first innings in Chittagong.
New balls take less spin, which typically becomes a bigger influence on the match once the ball softens and is scuffed up — as it can grip the pitch more easily than a shiny new rock.
Watch the video
Source: Fox Sports
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