Another SA cricket scandal

2011-10-31 22:27

Cape Town - Another scandal has hit South African cricket after allegations of ball tampering during a four-day SuperSport Series match between the Knights and the Warriors in Kimberley over the weekend.

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The Knights are accused of ball tampering during the Warriors' first innings when they lost five wickets inside five overs after being solidly placed at 107/2. They were eventually bowled out for 206 and the Knights won the game by a mammoth 211 runs.

The Volksblad newspaper reports that the Warriors apparently wanted the ball to be replaced after their batting collapse, but the Knights refused. This prompted the Warriors - with Protea batsman Ashwell Prince at the helm - to refuse to appear from their dressing room after the tea-interval. Play was only resumed some 40 minutes later when the match referee, Cyril Mitchley, intervened.

The CEO's of the Knights and the Warriors (Johan van Heerden and Dave Emslie), as well as both teams' coaches (Sarel Cilliers and Piet Botha) and captains (Morné van Wyk and Jon-Jon Smuts) will appear before Cricket South Africa's legal council in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Riaan Cloete - a member of CSA's legal committee - will appear as the mediator between the teams and decide if any further action needs to be taken.

CSA has been in the news this year after a so-called bonus scandal, which has cost CSA some major sponsorship deals.

Prince has been labelled as one of the players who did not behave "in accordance with the spirit of the game" after he apparently made himself guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour in the Knights' second innings when he walked to fetch balls dispatched to the boundary. Some of the players also refused to shake hands after the match.

The two umpires during the match - Karl Hurter and Adrian Holdstock - said they picked up "nothing strange" and there's "no evidence to back up the Warriors' claims".

The Knights strictly deny the claims and are adament that reverse swing contributed to the Warriors' batting collapse. They are requesting a written apology from the Warriors.

"The ball was of a poor quality. The leather came off and it quickly became soft," the Knights told Sport24.

"We did nothing wrong and their (the Warriors') initial refusal to play on and their subsequent behaviour is a blatant transgression of the game's disciplinary rules."


  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-01 00:27

    Not good for cricket in this country at all!!

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 09:44


      mfrater - 2011-11-01 09:55

      @Jonathan, I guess someone with your academic level is better suited to Rugby. If you cannot even spell "waste", "different" you likely do not even understand the game itself and as such would find it boring. Don't like it, don't watch it.

      henniee.coetzee1 - 2011-11-01 09:56

      @Jonathan - its "wasted" not "waisted" - if you are going to be a critical douche, then at least learn to spell...

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 10:42

      You are off topic.... Go read the bingo forum....

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 12:58

      @Jonathan:OK I will answer you on this... The two umpires during the match - Karl Hurter and Adrian Holdstock - said they picked up "nothing strange" and there's "no evidence to back up the Warriors' claims". So they did look into it and found no foul play... So clearly they did look at the ball and there was complaints but they decided that there was no tampering.... And yes i agree, Prince should have gone back but didnt as he probably thinks he is better than the umpires and the spirit that the game is supposed to be played in.... I dont know why is is surprised as middle order collapses is a normal thing in SA cricket...Should we always blame it on ball tampering.... I think he will be fined as they have charged him for bringing the game into disrepute... On a lighter note... I LOVE test cricket it is the purest form of cricket and yes not entertaining for the masses....But it is the ultimate test for any cricketer and you dissing all forms in your original comment struck a bit of a chord...

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 13:00

      As for your question the laws state.... "In the sport of cricket, ball tampering is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball. Under Law 42, subsection 3 of the Laws of Cricket, the ball may be polished without the use of an artificial substance, may be dried with a towel if it is wet, and have mud removed from it under supervision; all other actions which alter the condition of the ball are illegal. These are usually taken to include rubbing the ball on the ground, scuffing with a fingernail or other sharp object, or tampering with the seam of the ball."

  • Van - 2011-11-01 01:25

    The umps are asleep 90% of the time. No wonder they didn't see anything.

  • Dirk - 2011-11-01 05:54

    No evidence of ball tampering.The Warriors are just sour because they got such a whipping. To think that the Knights have won 3 out of 4, yet not a single player is in the national team.A disgrace

      Van - 2011-11-01 07:20

      That is why they are winning. Playing for the team, not for a place in the IPL.

  • jbcloete - 2011-11-01 07:26

    I used to love cricket but since the HC scandal it just spoilt evrything for me.....I dont trust any cricket results anymore......

      Milray - 2011-11-01 08:23

      Why blame Hansie who was a victim of the system and paid a high price what about Majola and his mates

      Gerald - 2011-11-01 09:06

      Who Bragged on radio and television that he had persuaded the two captains to declare their innings closed during the Test match at Centurion when 3 days were washed out. Hansie declared both first and second ininngs and England declared their first innings. Therefore England could have a target to go for and they won that test match.The bookies made a fortune because just about everybody had bet that the match would be a draw and someone made a small fortune. This person said that he did it in the interest of cricket so that the spectators would have something to watch. Hansie was one of the captains persuaded by Dr Ali Bacher "in the interest of cricket"

      Andrew - 2011-11-01 09:20

      @gerald is your surname Majola that you remember that so clearly????

      vassan1 - 2011-11-01 09:52

      @jbcloete I am 100% with you bro. I was just as enthusiastic as you before the HC scandal. I used take leave or play sick just to watch SA play international cricket. I used to watch domestic day night cricket at Kingsmead and would hitch hike home (30 km's) from the stadium, as I had no car. But after the HC scandal I have totally lost faith in the sport. And now with the bonus scandal at CSA. It is a disgrace. They can't even get a sponsor for the series against Australia. What we need is a reshuffle at CSA. But we need the support of the SUPPORTERS to totally bouycott all one day and T20 internationals in this country. Why one day internationals and T20, because it is the biggest money earner in modern day cricket. Show unity and bouycott these games and this will hit CSA in the pocket and maybe then they will vote out the corrupt officials running CSA.

      Gerald - 2011-11-01 11:20

      @ Andrew no my surname is not Majola. The reason why I remember it so well is that my son is very good friends with one of the Protea players that played in that match. Also I was watching the match on TV and said that there would be no result because of all of the lost time and to my surprise on the last morning the announcenent came that Ali Bacher had persauded both captains to make a "game" of the last day. Possibly that is where Hansie's problems started

      rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 13:06

      @jbcloete: Its a pity one individual event can spoil your love for such a fantastic game... Maybe you never loved the game but Hansie....

  • odupreez - 2011-11-01 07:49

    Must presume the ball was inspected by the umpires at the time the Warriors insisted on a ball change ?, so if it had been tampered with the umpires and match referee would have seen untoward damage on the ball ? Ashwell Prince and his guys are sore losers typical EP,Warriors, "Southern Spears" mentality coming out here (rugby and now cricket), guys the country and the sport do not owe you, you have to actually play for a win and a cup and a place in the national teams.

      Peet - 2011-11-01 08:25

      @Darryl. And the relevance of your comment to the article is….?

  • Stephen - 2011-11-01 08:18

    "The ball was of a poor quality. The leather came off and it quickly became soft," the Knights told Sport24. So where were the umpires in all of this. If the ballis falling apart then it must be replaced immediately. The contest was notfair then and the Warriors were correct to protest. Maybe the umpires had their sticky fat fingers in some kind of pie!!!!

  • Dieter - 2011-11-01 09:23

    Just like their rugby team : Cheaters - i mean Cheetahs!

  • Henk - 2011-11-01 09:39

    @Jonathan - if it is so boring for you, why watch it and why read the cricket news? I Find soccer to be borring so I dont read soccer news or comment or even watch soccer. probly a bulls supporter

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-01 09:48

    The two umpires during the match - Karl Hurter and Adrian Holdstock - said they picked up "nothing strange" and there's "no evidence to back up the Warriors' claims". Case closed... Its another typical lets blame the Ref cos we are sore loosers!!!!! I hope they drop Prince from the SA squad for his actions!!!!

      Cobus - 2011-11-01 17:44

      Totally agree with you!

  • Janice - 2011-11-01 09:54

    Just shows you, its all about the money, and not even sport!!!

  • Ruan - 2011-11-01 10:35

    ....i don't like cricket.....I LOVE IT !!

  • Gerald - 2011-11-01 10:52

    If you have acricket ball in one hand and another cricket ball in the other hand . What do you have ? A mo55rse big cricket and his full attention

  • Shirley - 2011-11-01 11:04

    No sport is squeeky clean,however each game should be judged on its own merit. For those who say they dont trust cricket anymore-what is out there today that can be trusted. If you genuinely love the game you will not place the burden of guilt on a team until deemed neccesary. There is no point in attending or watchong a game if you are untrusting as win or lose you will never be satisfide. If the story above is true it is very sad but I will not allow the actions of 1 group of people to destroy the joy and pleasure that the wonderful game brings.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-01 12:09

    Thats just sad! May I suggest that you dont watch then,focussing your negativity on things we know are corrupt and in S.A. you wont be stuck for choice.The problem is people always need a scapegoat when they lose-match fixing,the ref,the pitch....list is endless. May I suggest Q20 for the squeak?

  • Mark - 2011-11-01 12:49

    Een vrot appel steek die anders aan. Moral of the story - get rid of Mr Majola.

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