If it's England v Pakistan, can controversy be far behind
? Even beginning from my memory of series between the two sides, there've been quite a few issues.Shakoor Rana v Mike Gatting
, Ian Botham's mother-in-law comment
, Chris Broad incensed at being given out
, the Imran v Botham & Lamb libel case
, Aaqib yanking his sweater from an umpire, the whole match-fixing issue where Alec Stewart played for England even as Saleem Malik & Ata-ur-Rehman were banned, ball-tampering & reverse swing by Wasim and Waqar, Mike Atherton calling a Pakistan journalist a buffoon in the 1996 World Cup and and Shahid Afridi's mid-pitch break-dancing
last year. I'm fairly sure I've missed more than a few.
In any case, today's incident during the on-going Oval test
, saw the umpires (Hair & Doctrove) pull up Pakistan for changing the condition of the ball
, as Geoff pointed out just before I began to write this post
. The seam was apparently lifted. The ball has been changed.
Mark Nicholas would've said "Ooooh! Massive, this!"
Labels: ball tampering, hair, oval 2006