Thursday, September 23, 2010


Pakistan troubled England tour ended with another controversy as their premier fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was caught on television allegedly tampering with the ball during the last ODI at Rose Bowl, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

The pacer could be seen apparently running his left thumb along the ball's seam before dropping the ball on the ground and standing on it with his spiked right boot during the game on Wednesday.Pictures were taken in the 41st over of England's innings as Shoaib prepared to bowl to Paul Collingwood.

It is not the first time Shoaib, 35, has come under the spotlight at the Rose Bowl. Four years ago, he was filmed by Sky cameras flicking at the ball with his thumb during a one-day international here against England.

On that occasion Shoaib was cleared but was warned about his behaviour after being accused of tampering with the ball during a Test match in Zimbabwe in late 2002.

The following year he was banned for two ODIs and fined 75 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of the same crime against New Zealand in Sri Lanka.

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