Shoaib Akhtar caught tampering the ball, again

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 13:57 [IST]
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Akhtar caught tampering the ball, again

London, Sep 23: Scandals continue to scar Pakistan cricket team, with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar now caught tampering the ball on tape.

Akhtar's new scandal comes even as the team is reeling under the after effects spot-fixing allegations.

In the shocking visuals that have now hit the media, the temperamental bowler is seen tampering with the cricket ball during their fifth ODI match against England at Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton on Wednesday, Sep 22 night.

On the ball-tampering shame, the Daily Mail reported, "In the last game of their acrimonious tour of England at the Rose Bowl last night fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar could be seen apparently running his left thumb along the ball's seam before dropping the ball on the ground and standing on it with his spiked right boot."

"Sportsmail's pictures were taken in the 41st over of England's innings as Shoaib prepared to bowl to Paul Collingwood," the report added.

While the team is facing fire over the recent controversy over spot fixing involving Test captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir; this is not the first time Akhtar has been caught tampering the ball.

The first of the ball-tampering scandals hit four years ago when Akhtar was filmed by Sky cameras flicking at the ball with his thumb during an ODI against England.

He was yet again accused of tampering with the ball during a Test match in Zimbabwe in 2002 and was warned. He once again committed the same foul to incur two ODI ban and a fine of 75 per cent of his match fee in a match against New Zealand in Sri Lanka.


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