Scratchers and polishers: A history of ball tampering in modern day cricket

South Africa's Faf du Plessis, left, gestures after Australia's Steve Smith ran into South Africa's Vernon Philander. Photo / AP
South Africa's Faf du Plessis, left, gestures after Australia's Steve Smith ran into South Africa's Vernon Philander. Photo / AP

Mike Atheron (1994): The infamous dirt in the pocket act against South Africa earned the former England captain a fine of $NZ4,960. Atherton claimed he had used the dirt to dry his hands, rather than to rub into the ball.

Waqar Younis (2000): The Pakistan pace king became the first player banned for ball tampering when he lifted the seam during an ODI against South Africa in Colombo. Copped a one-match suspension.

Sachin Tendulkar (2001): India's batting master was caught running his fingernails through the seam while bowling in a Test in South Africa. He was handed a one-match suspended ban, but later had the charge downgraded to cleaning the ball without the umpire's permission.

Shoaib Akhtar (2003): The Pakistani speedster was seen working on the seam of a ball with his thumbnail during a one-day tri-series match in Sri Lanka.

Akhtar was banned for two matches and fined 75 per cent of his match fee.

Rahul Dravid (2004): The Indian batsman was seen rubbing a yellow material, probably the fragments of a lolly, on the ball during a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Brisbane. The then-vice captain was docked 50 per cent of his match fee.

Marcus Trescothick (2005): The former England opening batsman admitted some years after their Ashes win to illegally polishing the ball while sucking on breath fresheners.

Pakistan (2006): Pakistan forfeited a Test against England after refusing to return to the field when umpires Darrel Hair and Billy Doctrove imposed a five- run penalty for changing the condition of the ball. Pakistan captain Inzamam ul- Haq was later cleared of ball-tampering, while Hair was removed from the ICC's elite panel of umpires.

Shahid Afridi (2010): The Pakistan all-rounder was banned for two matches after biting the ball in a one-day match against Australia in Perth.

Australia (2012): Sri Lanka alerted the match referee to footage allegedly showing Australian players lifting the seam of the ball during a Test in Hobart, but they stopped short of lodging an official complaint.

Faf du Plessis (2013): The South African batsman was caught rubbing the ball on his trousers pocket zipper during a Test against Pakistan in Dubai. He copped a 50 per cent match fee fine.

Vernon Philander (2014): South African paceman Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee after footage emerged of him scratching the ball's surface during a Test in Sri Lanka.

Faf du Plessis (2016): Set to face the ICC on Tuesday after footage emerged of him allegedly shining the ball with sliva while having a mint in his mouth in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.


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