Ball-tampering remains a hard talk for South Africa, the team is now in the middle of another issue during the ongoing series against England where AB de Villiers was seemingly found trying to get the ball changed in the 33rd over of South Africa’s second one day international. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আম্পায়্যারের কর্মকান্ড নিয়ে প্রশ্ন তুললেন ভিলিয়ার্স]
But the South African skipper has claimed innocence saying his team is not directly involved with ball-tampering.
“The umpires felt the condition of the ball changed, in a way making me feel we were responsible as a team. I was quite upset about that but it’s done and dusted now. Nothing happened, there were no fines given or anything like that” – de Villiers quoted.
De Villiers claimed his team’s innocence was proved, however, umpires were convinced, “I told the umpires we had nothing to do with the condition of the ball, no further steps were taken and we move on. Generally there is a warning or a fine, but none of that happened that tells me they realized we were innocent in this case.”
The last time South Africa were incurred with ball-tampering issue was back in November, 2016 when Test skipper Faf du Plessis was fined his match fee by the International Cricket Council for shining the ball using saliva.