Quote from my mate, "looks like half of them are cheating to lose and half are cheating to win so I guess it balances out."
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
Yeah sure, but my point is, IF Shoaib scratches the side of the ball, it is ball tampering. GI Joe was suggesting that even if he did it, it wasn't. Which I was disputing.
Your reply earlier suggested that it'd only be deemed ball tampering by us because the UK tabloid had pictures of him doing it, and if they didn't it wouldn't otherwise be true.
Fair enough if that's not what you meant, but it read that way.
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Now, from those pictures, could you prove that there was pressure from the thumbnail into the surface of the ball sufficient enough to alter its condition, as opposed to him just gripping it harmlessly between his thumb and fingers? Why not just wait for some video footage instead of getting the pitchforks out?
I don't buy it. Picking at the seam, yes, that's understandable. Picking at the sides? That achieves nowhere near the same effect as roughing up the sides by traditional and accepted methods. Its like picking your nose as opposed to sandpapering it. Not the same thing. You're not going to achieve the required roughness of the side unless you make multiple micro picks all over the surface. A couple of picks isn't going to do anything for you. Shoaib's either an idiot who doesn't know the basics, or this is plain sensationalism.
Reckon this is just a mountain out of a mole hill, I reckon you could get 1000s of pictures from every ODI that would apparently show someone picking at the ball just from how they are holding it.
But ultimately I don't really care that much. Shoaib has bowled brilliantly in the ODIs, he's lit up the series, and my view of cricketing skullduggery has been rather shifted by other events in recent weeks.
Besides which the philosophy of GIMH's mate (post of the year, btw) has chilled me out no end.
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The laws of the game allow a side to attempt to maintain the ball's original condition.
Can anyone then explain to me why shining one side of the ball is perfectly legal, but picking the seam if it goes flat isn't?
The fact is, Akhtar is trying to ball tamper. No matter how bad it is he's trying to cheat. Pakistan aren't learning. It's time for the ICC to grow a pair and do something about this because it escalates with every passing game.
Akhtar is a drug cheat also. They're just cheats and have absolutely no ethics or morals.
Pakistan have been suspected of playing with the ball for years. I remember a few years back the touring NZ side got their hands on a ball used by the quicks before the ball boys got their hands on it and allegedly there were scratches and marks which, allegedly, could be replicated with a bottlecap.
Then the NZ team copied and Pringle got all that swing. Then they admitted it and got away scott free.
Ridiculous chain of events really, and the ICC did nothing about either side.
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