Mushtaq Mohammad: Ball tampering is widespread

Faf du Plessis embroiled in ball-tampering incident © Getty Images

Karachi: Oct 31, 2013

Pakistan’s former captain and coach Mushtaq Mohammad cannot understand the recent “hue and cry” over ball-tampering as he feels every team and bowler has indulged in it in some form or the other, including he himself.

“Everyone does it and every team has done it so I am surprised at the hue and cry being raised over the ball-tampering incident during the Test between Pakistan and South Africa,” Mushtaq told Geo Super channel from London.

“Even spinners tend to try to pick the seam of the ball to get a better grip and I admit I did it a few times myself when I was playing and this is also tampering,” he said.

“Every team is now doing it but at the end of the day just tampering with the ball in any way does not guarantee that bowlers can get wickets and quick success. Reverse swing is a skill which few bowlers have mastered until now,” he said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has written a letter to the ICC complaining about the light penalty given by match referee David Boon to South African batsman Faf Du Plessis despite him being caught on camera and later admitting to ball-tampering.

Many in the Pakistan cricket community have also laughed at the 50 per cent match fee fine imposed by Boon on Plessis.

“Yes, the punishment given to Plessis was just not in line with the offence he had committed and the ICC needs to look at their laws governing ball tampering offences,” Mushtaq said.