Bengal wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami admits that ball tampering is not a new happening at all

Ball-tampering has taken centerstage following the third Test between Australia and South Africa.

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Sreevats Goswami. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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There have been several speculative and blatant controversies resulted on and off the cricket field, which have definitely stricken some harsh remarks on the game. The false and punishable acts committed by the cricketers during the game also leave some bitter scars on their image and many questions are raised regarding the integrity of the respective cricket board and also the cricket playing nation is answerable in this aspect.

During the third Test between South Africa and Australia, the Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was caught red-handed on the cameras, while he was tampering the ball with a piece of tape. Both Bancroft and Aussie skipper Steve Smith admitted in front of the media that the leadership group of the Australian team had planned to alter the condition of the ball in order to provide some help to their bowlers.

Following the revelation, both Smith and Aussie vice-captain David Warner stepped down from their respective positions for the Test match. In the repercussions of the punishable act, Smith was handed a one-match suspension and fine 100% of his match fee, while the guilty Bancroft has also been fined 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play on Saturday. However, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) eleventh edition is also nearing in some days, the IPL committee will also be taking a call on their future associations with both Warner and Smith.

Is ball-tampering a new thing?

Bengal wicket-keeper batsman Shreevats Goswami like some of the current and former cricketers all over the world, voiced his opinion on this whole ball-tampering controversy. In his recent tweet, Goswami mentioned that changing the condition of the ball illegally is not a new thing at all in the cricketing aspects. It is just that being caught doing it blatantly is the recent development in this case.

“Just want to know that is using sandpaper the only means of ball tampering? Or using anything other than your saliva to shine the ball is also regarded as ball tampering? If “yes “then I am sorry ball tampering is not new at all! being “caught” doing it is! ” Shreevats Goswami wrote on Twitter.