Michael Clarke feels umpires should take a call on ball-tampering

Michael Clarke said there was no place for ball-tampering in cricket as it affects the integrity of the game © Getty Images

London: Jun 20, 2013

Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke said on Thrusday, that it is up to the umpires to adjudicate on any ball-tampering issue on the field, following the startling allegations made against England during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013

“I haven’t taken any notice of that [ball tampering] to be honest. Like a lot of things, if it affects the integrity of the game it certainly shouldn’t be allowed. I don’t think there’s any place in the game for ball tampering, but in saying that I think it’s the job of the umpires on the field to make that decision,” said Clarke, as reported by News.com.au

England progressed to Sunday’s final at the expense of South Africa but are still fuming that former Test bowler Bob Willis opened a can of worms by suggesting that players were deliberately tampering with the ball to create reverse swing.

According to the report, although Willis did not name the anyone, Ravi Bopara is widely known as the man in the England line-up chiefly responsible for working on the ball.

(With inputs from ANI)