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<<IMRAN KHAN'S interview on ITV>>

Post by Y.A.Soo » Sat, 21 May 1994 20:14:03


Last night when i was busy thinking about whether i should revise for
today's exam, i stumbled across THE FROST PROGRAME on ITV(Carlton).

Following are a few interesting points raised in the interview
conducted Live by Sir David Frost.

Imran pointed out three types of ball tampering being practiced by
cricketers all over the world.

1. Lifting the seam.
2. Applying Brylcream (in the old days) or sun cream (these days) to
shine the ball.
3. Scratching the ball.

As far as gouging the ball is concerened he said that it is
impossible for an umpire to not realise that a screwdriver or other
blunt object had been applied to the ball.

He pointed out that a lot of fuss had been made in the media about
Pakistanis scractching the ball. But nobody seems to be bothered to
talk about lifting of the seam, which is a practice carried out by
most county seamers in England to get movement off the wicket.

<An interesting thing to notice is that most Aussie bowlers put sun
cream on their faces whether its sunny or miserable english weather.
But nobody for a second thinks that they might be using it to assisst
in shining of the ball, which thinking logically is as much ball
tampering as scratching the ball to get one side rough>

He also said that if for example Waqar Younis tampres with the ball
to get 100 wickets in a county season, then how come other Surrey
bowlers sharing the (tampered!) ball with him don't get a 100 wickets
each.

Imran Khan said that he had raised the issue of ball tampering in
order to bring all the aspects of ball tampering in the limelight. He
also reckoned that the ICC had not done enough to solve this issue
and it had instead turned into a petty nationalistic issue between
Pakistan and England which was harming their cricketing relations.

He proposed two solutions.

EITHER
The ICC should ban all types of ball tampering along with
strict enforcement of the law. This could include regular inspections
of the ball by the umpires and also if the there is mud stuck in the
seam the umpire should remove it. <cause the most common way of
lifting the seam is to pretend there is mud/dirt stuck in the seam>

OR
They should leave it up to the umpires on the field to decide what is
cheating and whats not. this is more acceptable now since there are
neutral umpires.

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Yasin Soofi
Queen Maey & Westfield College
U o London

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<<IMRAN KHAN'S interview on ITV>>

Post by Sriram Gopalakrishn » Sun, 22 May 1994 06:00:59

|>
|> EITHER
|> The ICC should ban all types of ball tampering along with
|> strict enforcement of the law. This could include regular inspections
|> of the ball by the umpires and also if the there is mud stuck in the
|> seam the umpire should remove it. <cause the most common way of
|> lifting the seam is to pretend there is mud/dirt stuck in the seam>
|>
|> OR
|> They should leave it up to the umpires on the field to decide what is
|> cheating and whats not. this is more acceptable now since there are
|> neutral umpires.
|>

When was ball tampering legal that Imran says it should be banned now?

 
 
 

<<IMRAN KHAN'S interview on ITV>>

Post by Y.A.Soo » Wed, 25 May 1994 20:13:03

Date: Friday 20 May 94 12:14:35

Last night when i was busy thinking about whether i should revise for
today's exam, i stumbled across THE FROST PROGRAME on ITV(Carlton).

Following are a few interesting points raised in the interview
conducted Live by Sir David Frost.

Imran pointed out three types of ball tampering being practiced by
cricketers all over the world.

1. Lifting the seam.
2. Applying Brylcream (in the old days) or sun cream (these days) to
shine the ball.
3. Scratching the ball.

As far as gouging the ball is concerened he said that it is
impossible for an umpire to not realise that a screwdriver or other
blunt object had been applied to the ball.

He pointed out that a lot of fuss had been made in the media about
Pakistanis scractching the ball. But nobody seems to be bothered to
talk about lifting of the seam, which is a practice carried out by
most county seamers in England to get movement off the wicket.

<An interesting thing to notice is that most Aussie bowlers put sun
cream on their faces whether its sunny or miserable english weather.
But nobody for a second thinks that they might be using it to assisst
in shining of the ball, which thinking logically is as much ball
tampering as scratching the ball to get one side rough>

He also said that if for example Waqar Younis tampres with the ball
to get 100 wickets in a county season, then how come other Surrey
bowlers sharing the (tampered!) ball with him don't get a 100 wickets
each.

Imran Khan said that he had raised the issue of ball tampering in
order to bring all the aspects of ball tampering in the limelight. He
also reckoned that the ICC had not done enough to solve this issue
and it had instead turned into a petty nationalistic issue between
Pakistan and England which was harming their cricketing relations.

He proposed two solutions.

EITHER
The ICC should ban all types of ball tampering along with
strict enforcement of the law. This could include regular inspections
of the ball by the umpires and also if the there is mud stuck in the
seam the umpire should remove it. <cause the most common way of
lifting the seam is to pretend there is mud/dirt stuck in the seam>

OR
They should leave it up to the umpires on the field to decide what is
cheating and whats not. this is more acceptable now since there are
neutral umpires.

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

Yasin Soofi
Queen Maey & Westfield College
U o London

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<<IMRAN KHAN'S interview on ITV>>

Post by David Wheel » Thu, 26 May 1994 19:14:42

Quote:

>Following are a few interesting points raised in the interview
>conducted Live by Sir David Frost.

>                           <deletia>

>(Imran) pointed out that a lot of fuss had been made in the media about
>Pakistanis scractching the ball. But nobody seems to be bothered to
>talk about lifting of the seam, which is a practice carried out by
>most county seamers in England to get movement off the wicket.

Not just seamers in English county cricket, either.  The practice is far
more widespread, probably extending to every Test-playing country and
beyond.

Quote:
><An interesting thing to notice is that most Aussie bowlers put sun
>cream on their faces whether its sunny or miserable english weather.

Not just Aussies, either...

Quote:
>                         <more deletia>

>He proposed two solutions.

>EITHER
>The ICC should ban all types of ball tampering along with
>strict enforcement of the law. This could include regular inspections
>of the ball by the umpires and also if the there is mud stuck in the
>seam the umpire should remove it. <cause the most common way of
>lifting the seam is to pretend there is mud/dirt stuck in the seam>

There is no necessity for the ICC to ban ball-tampering; it's already
banned under the Laws of Cricket.  I agree with the bit about regular
inspections of the ball, though.

Quote:
>OR
>They should leave it up to the umpires on the field to decide what is
>cheating and whats not. this is more acceptable now since there are
>neutral umpires.

This, unfortunately, does not go far enough as it is effectively the
situation prevailing now.  We already know it doesn't work as it stands.
There need to be more rigid guidelines given to umpires to prevent such
instances of unfair play; I would very much approve of the practice of
sending the ball from one end to the other via the umpire at the end of
each over, as South Africa are, according to a poster the other day,
currently doing.  I don't see that the neutrality or otherwise of the
umpire is an issue here.

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