Cricket

Chappell: Ball-tampering should be allowed

2020-05-14 11:14
Ian Chappell (File)

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has suggested the cricket authorities should allow some forms of ball-tampering, since the use of saliva is likely to be abolished when cricket resumes.

Chappell, a veteran with 75 Test caps over a 24-year international career, is the latest to suggest changing the rules on altering the condition of the ball if sweat and saliva are no longer allowed to be used as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, Chappell suggested the various international captains should provide a list of ways their bowlers feel should be allowed when it comes to ball-tampering.

"From this list, the administrators should deem one method to be legal with all others being punishable as illegal," the 76-year-old Chappell said during a ESPNcricinfo column.

"With cricket on hold, this is the ideal time to conduct the exercise.

"Using saliva and perspiration are now seen as a health hazard, so bowlers require something to replace the traditional methods of shining the ball."

In April, former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait suggested the umpires should be the ones in control of how the ball is allowed to be altered, while suggesting captains should be allowed to use a new ball more frequently.

"This might be an opportunity for cricket to move forward and think about some other ways. In Test matches to have the new ball used earlier or more frequent is another option," Tait said.

Ball-tampering has been around nearly as long as the game itself, and the most-recent high-profile case was in 2016 during an Australia-South Africa Test match in Hobart, where Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was seen using a mint in his mouth to create more saliva for shining the ball.

- TEAMtalk media

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