Cape Town - Former Proteas skipper Shaun Pollock was the centre of a comical moment on Friday when he ripped his pants on live television.
The incident happened during the lunch break at Centurion on day three of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan.
Pollock was standing alongside another former national captain in Graeme Smith while SuperSport anchor Mark Nicholas was quizzing them on the difficulties in judging when slip catches have been grounded and when they have been taken cleanly.
Nicholas was throwing catches to both Smith and Pollock, who demonstrating how difficult it can be to tell in real time if a catch is out or not.
Unfortunately for Pollock, he got a little too low down trying to take one of the catches and when he stood back up, he did so with a realisation that he had split the back of his trousers.
Smith, Nicholas and everybody around Pollock could not contain themselves, while those watching the broadcast at home were quick to take to social media to have a laugh at Pollock.
Being the good sport that he has always been, Pollock was able to laugh at the situation himself and he was soon covered up by a towel that somebody brought onto the field for him.
With a day of commentary lying ahead of him, Pollock was lucky enough to be given a pair of tracksuit pants from the Proteas change room so that he could go about his business.
Pollock also took to his own Twitter account to show his followers the damage.