The cricket world was shaken after Australia’s Cameron Bancroft was found guilty of ball tampering, during the third and penultimate Test match against South Africa in Cape Town a few days ago.
Later, Aussie captain Steve Smith admitted that they had indeed tried to alter the condition of the ball after discussions between the so-called leadership group during the lunch break on day three.
Cricket pundits and fans all over the world reacted strongly and demanded proper justice against the offenders.
As a consequence, Smith and vice captain David Warner resigned from their respective posts, ahead of the fourth and final Test between the Aussies and the Proteas.
In the meantime, the former Bangladesh cricketers gathered at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday to mark the occasion of the country’s 48th Independence Day.
During the occasion, three former Tigers skippers shared their thoughts on the burning issue, and claimed that the Bangladesh cricketers have never practised this illegal activity in order to gain an unfair advantage over the opposition.
I believe we have never done such kind of things. There are match referees and umpires to handle such things. And the players who are playing in the national team are honest and sincere. They don’t want to win games by doing some negative things, and I believe they will never do such things in future as well. So players are well aware.
We have always played fair cricket. We have no such “special player” who can do ball-tampering and we are happy with that. During our playing days, many foreign players came to play in our league. Some allegations were raised regarding ball-tampering when Pakistani players came to play in the DPL (Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League). If you look at the statistics, then you will find that a bowler gave away 40 runs in his first five overs, then in his next five he took five wickets for just five runs. Such kind of things happened at that time. And we knew that Pakistani bowlers know how to reverse swing the ball. But the latest incident is pathetic for cricket. Why did a big team like Australia do that? If such offence was performed by a minnow team or Bangladesh then what action would have been taken? I don’t know really. But it is unfair really.
Maybe some players are doing these in BPL (Bangladesh Premier League). Players who do this, they are experts and certainly cunning. And many legendary players have done such things in the past. So it has become part of the game.
I never saw such things in the international level or in domestic cricket while playing for Bangladesh. Usually such things happen in first-class cricket. Maybe players try to change the shape of the ball to gain some unfair advantage in first-class level. But I never saw such things in domestic level in Bangladesh. We and our players are not used to such things. Our players never did such things or even tried to do such things.
As you know, cricket has become batsman-friendly these days, and maximum rules are against the bowlers. So I think strictness should be elevated a little bit against the bowlers. But obviously that does not mean as a player or bowler, you can use sand, or hard paper, and change the shape of the ball. Bowlers and players should get the freedom to shine the ball as per normal procedure or within limit. That’s it.