Continuing our “Controversial Moments in Cricket” list, we take a look at some particularly controversial times during this prestigious sport.
With so many rules in Cricket it can be difficult to distinguish which ones to adhere to if you are not familiar with the various leagues and formats. But a clash between two countries wasn’t to do with a misintepratation of the rules, in fact it was due to amibivalence to the rules and choosing the easiest, more controversial route in order to win. It was a one day international between New Zealand and Australia and it was part of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup. In order for New Zealand to maintain a 1-1 series, they needed to bowl a six on their ball. Unfortunately, Australia decided to underarm bowl which although technically legal under the Benson and Hedges rules, wasn’t in the spirit of the game. Australia won the game and were booed off the field.
Another ball tampering controversy is on our list but this time it resulted in a forfeited match and a win awarded to England. In 2006 it was the fourth day of the fourth test at the Oval ground and there was an accusation of ball tampering by the Pakistan team from England. Umpire Billy Doctrove declared that a replacement ball should be used and that England was awarded five penalty runs. After the break the Pakistan team didn’t come back out as they felt it was unfair and they didn’t agree with the decision. They were ordered twice to return but the protest was held and eventually the umpires made the decision to remove the balls from the field, resulting in a forfeiture of the match. An hour after the initial order was given, the Pakistan team returned to the field but it was too late and the win had been awarded to England.
This is an odd one and it dates back to 1771! But even back then the World of sport wasn’t a stranger to controversies. It was called the “Monster Bat” and involved a match between Chertsey and Hambledon. Thomas White attempted to use a bat that was as wide as the wicket and this of course caused upset to the opposing team. Hambledon won the match by one run but it was formally raised after the match and the rules of cricket were changed to ensure it couldn’t happen again. Even now, that rule stands in place; that the maximum width of the bast must be 4 and 1 quarter inches.