ICC denies players probed over silicone on bats

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Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013, 11:20 [IST]
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ICC denies players probed over silicone
Dubai, Aug 8: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed reports linking it to any investigation into alleged attempts by any player to "cheat" the effectiveness of the Hot Spot technology during the current Ashes series between England and Australia.

There were reports that players used silicone tapes on the edge of their bats to "cheat" Hot Spot, which uses infra-red imaging system.

Decision Review System (DRS) has been in the spotlight during the ongoing Ashes Test series between England and Australia. In the third Test, Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind but the batsman reviewed the decision. However, Hot Spot did not show any edge but third umpire gave him out.

On Wednesday (August 7), Pietersen was furious about claims that he used silicone tape on his bat. He tweeted: "Horrible journalism yet again! My name brought up in Hot Spot crisis suggesting I use silicon to prevent nicks showing. Such hurtful lies. I am never afraid of getting out.

If I nick it, I'll walk. To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicon infuriates me. How stupid would I be to try and hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw appeal, like in first innings where Hot Spot showed I nicked it".

An Australian television station alleged that ICC General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice was flying from ICC headquarters in Dubai to Durham, the venue of the fourth Ashes Test, to investigate the matter.

However, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, said: "These media reports are totally incorrect. Geoff Allardice is meeting with both teams and umpires to see how we can best use the DRS and the available technology going forward in the next two Test matches. It has nothing to do with any players."


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