Just some instances over the last few years (only where they were foung guilty) of some ball tampering. People are quick to put the knife into Darrell Hair over this instance with some even suggesting he is racist.
ICC match referee Clive Lloyd found Rahul Dravid guilty of a Level 2 offence and imposed a Level 2 penalty of 50 percent of his match fee for breach of the ICC code of conduct.
The Indian vice-captain was charged under clause 2.10 of the code of conduct, which refers to changing the condition of the ball during the tri-series match against Zimbabwe at the Gabba in Brisbane.
India coach John Wright said, 'He was applying saliva to the ball and what happened was the saliva was coloured with that sweet [he was eating] and he wiped it off because he knew immediately it was only supposed to be saliva or perspiration.'
In the only such incident in domestic cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board fined six cricketers -- Naved Latif, Qaiser Abbas, Yasir Arafat, Sajid Shah, Zahid Saeed and Rao Iftikhar Anjum -- Rs 3,000 each, after they were found guilty of ball-tampering during the 2002-03 Ramadan Cup one-day cricket tournament.
'I occasionally scratched the side of the ball and lifted the seam. Only once did I use an object. When Sussex were playing Hampshire in 1981 the ball was not deviating at all. I got the 12th man to bring out a bottle top and it started to move around a lot,' former Pakistan captain Imran Khan had confessed, after his playing days were over.
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was found guilty of ball-tampering during the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare. ICC match referee Clive Lloyd said the umpires had reported the matter to him and there was agreement that Shoaib had changed the condition of the ball illegally.
Akhtar again caught in the act. This time he was handed a two-match ban for ball-tampering. The 'Rawalpindi Express' was reported to ICC match referee Gundappa Vishwanath after the one-day international against New Zealand in Dambulla. Third umpire Gamini Silva of Sri Lanka noticed him scratching the quarter seam of the ball on television replays and brought it to Vishwanath's attention.
Sachin Tendulkar was found guilty of ball-tampering during the Port Elizabeth Test and handed down a suspended one-match sentence and fined 75 percent of his match fee by English match referee Mike Denness.
'I spoke to the two umpires as well and they said they didn't find anything to report. They didn't even warn anyone,' United Cricket Board of South Africa Chief Executive Gerald Majola said about the incident.
Waqar Younis became the first player to be suspended for a one-day international by match referee John Reid.
Television images showed Waqar and teammate Azhar Mahmood scratching the ball and lifting the quarter seam in the ODI match against South Africa in Sri Lanka. The former was also fined 50 percent of his match fee, while Azhar was fined 30 percent of his match fee.
Pakistan cricket manager Javed Burki confirmed that his bowlers had tampered with the ball during the 1996 Test series against England.
Notice a pattern ?
Mike Atherton was fined £2,000 by match referee Peter Burge for the 'dirt in the pocket' incident in the Test against South Africa at Lord's. Television footage showed the newly-appointed England captain apparently rubbing something to the ball. Atherton claimed he rubbed dirt from his pocket to aid grip on the ball.
'The dirt in my pocket was used to dry my fingers because it was a hot and humid day. We were trying to get the ball to reverse swing. You need one side of the ball to remain completely dry,' Atherton said then.