Ball tampering does happen in cricket, perhaps most of the obscene deeds with the ball remain behind the curtain but players received financial penalties as well as suspensions for ball tampering in the past. Even the ‘god of Indian cricket’ – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was once penalized for ball tampering. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘আমাদের বোলাররা এগুলো কখনো করে না’]
Respite all these in the scenario, the indiscretion done by Steven Smith and co leapfrogged the previous occurrences of ball tampering, the repercussion of which might hunt Australia’s cricket for long future.
‘Ball tampering’ privileges pacers primarily. Some annihilation in the feature of an old ball could induce reverse swings helping pacers to remove some of the opponent batsmen.
Following the bizarre incident what are Bangladeshi fast bowlers thinking?
Asked by one of the country’s leading dailies, Bangladesh limited over skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said, “It is hard to say whether Australians never did this before or not. Much fuss have been created now because they are caught red handed this time.”
When Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was asked about the consciousness of Bangladeshi pacers in this regard, he just said it is unnecessary to think too much about the thing they do not do at all.
“Our bowlers never do this. So I don’t think there are anything to ponder over about ball tampering. The positive thing is, Bangladesh bowlers are beyond this sort of mindset,” he said.
Rubel Hossain, who is known for delivering best reverse swings among Bangladeshi fast bowlers, became perplexed watching the ongoing peculiarity in Australian cricket, said, “There are some skills for reverse swing. Some pacers can turn the ball to swing reverse more prodigiously because of the side arm action.”
“Sometimes a simple rubbing can produce reverse swing. Some pacers strain too much for reverse swing like the way Australia did. They flawed the ball through scratching. But these things never bring any goodness in international cricket,” he said.
“Now they fall under severe criticism, brought bad reputation to the country and their cricketers. I was really surprised watching them doing this sort of thing. We, the Bangladeshi cricketers are always aware. We never did and hope any Bangladeshi cricketer will never do this,” Rubel Hossain said.
Young Bangladeshi pacer Taskin Ahmed termed it as the breach of cricketing spirit.
“When the ball gets roughen in one side, it swings reversely. Batsmen find it too difficult to face if the ball is diverted artificially with nails or other things. Tampering a ball in the cricket field is rather hard in international cricket surrounded by many cameras,” he said.
“This sort of misdeeds is not expected from a team like Australia who is one of the highest ranked cricket teams on earth throughout the history. They have many followers around the globe. It is totally a breach of spirit. There is no glory in bringing positive results for the team through such mischievous acts. After all, cricket is a gentleman’s game,” Taskin Ahmed said.