<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Waqar Younis says legalising ball-tampering isn’t possible" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121207215306.jpg" title="Waqar Younis says legalising ball-tampering isn’t possible" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Former Pakistan's captain Waqar Younis feels that it isn't possible to legalize ball-tampering © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Oct 27, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Legendary Pakistan fast bowl <a href="/tags/Waqar-Younis/post" target="_blank">Waqar Younis</a> on Sunday told that legalising ball-tampering is impossible. He also called for rules to be followed on a uniform basis to punish cricketers involved in ball-tampering.<br /> <br /> South African stellar middle-order batsman, <a href="/tags/Faf-du-Plessis/post" target="_blank">Faf du Plessis</a> was fined only 50% of his match fees for tampering the ball in the second Test at Dubai which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Younis commenting on the conundrum of ball-tampering issue said, "If you legalize ball-tampering ... there will be a lot of swing so I don't see legalizing tampering is possible." Younis was quoted as saying by <em>Times of India</em>.<br /> <br /> Younis who got 373 wickets in 87 Test matches and 416 wickets in 262 One-Day Internationals (ODI) was incidentally the first cricketer to get suspended for a tampering with the ball in 2000.<br /> <br /> He also forged a fearsome pace combination with <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> and was well-known for delivering toe-crushing yorkers.<br /> <br /> In recent times, all time greats like Pakistan's Imran Khan as well as New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee have opined that tampering of the ball should be made legal.<br /> <br /> Younis though, doesn’t share the same view.<br /> <br /> "How can you legalize tampering?" Younis said. "I think <a href="/tags/Richard-Hadlee/post" target="_blank">Richard Hadlee</a>, <a href="/tags/Allan-Donald/post" target="_blank">Allan Donald </a>and Imran Khan also said that, but I don't know how it can be done."<br /> <br /> In fact, in Pakistan, a lot of former international cricketers and the incumbent chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi have raised questions related to David Boon letting off du Plessis with a mere fine<br /> <br /> Younis too concurs with others that du Plessis got away rather lightly considering the severity of the offence.<br /> <br /> "I think he got away with it, considering the severity of the offence," he told.<br /> <br /> "Had it been a sub-continent player he would have been punished harshly, so there should be uniformity in punishment."<br /> <br /> Younis reckoned that as cricket has already been rocked by match-fixing and spot-fixing issues. Legalizing of ball tampering could even result in International Cricket Council being heavily scrutinised.<br /> <br /> Younis believes, "I think that [legalising tampering] will cause more problems because already there is lack of sportsmanship in the game and the ICC will be under one more problem." <br /> <br /> Younis was of the view that batsmen are already facing a tough challenge of facing up to good bowling attacks on wickets with pace and bounce in<a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank"> Australia</a> and <a href="/tags/South-Africa./post" target="_blank">South Africa.</a> He said, if and when ball-tampering is legalized, batsmen will face severe hurdles.<br /> <br /> Younis said, "I'm sure batsmen will start shouting in two months if you legalize ball-tampering because the ball will do a lot." <br /> <br /> Younis believes that difference in balls being used in different countries in international cricket is also an obstacle that comes in the way of legalizing <a href="/tags/ball-tampering./post" target="_blank">ball-tampering</a><a href="/tags/./post" target="_blank">.</a><br /> <br /> "There are ten teams which play international matches they use three to four types of different balls which will behave differently if tampered," Younis told.<br /> <br /> "The pitches also differ, so it cannot be uniform."