Sachin cleared of ~~tampering~~ controversy
Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 19:31 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: The controversy surrounding batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar allegedly tampering the ball on the third day of the second cricket Test against South Africa on Sunday blew over with match referee Mike Denness of England clearing him of any wrong doing on Monday. Match referee Mike Denness found nothing wrong in Tendulkar cleaning the seam with his fingers. Earlier, in an unusual move, producers of a South African television channel covering the Test between India and South Africa made available to the match referee the footage of Sachin Tendulkar's bowling in the pre-lunch session to ascertain if he had made any attempt to tamper with the ball. Denness, a former England captain, confirmed that he had received the footage and was reviewing it. He declined to say anything more "at the moment". Inquiries revealed that there had been no complaint against the Indian master batsman from either the umpires on the ground or from the South African team. Therefore, the action of the television producers in taking up the matter with the match-referee Mike Denness came as a surprise.