Rampant ball-tampering on in IPL-3 : Akram

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Mumbai, Apr.17 (ANI): Former Pakistan captain and incumbent Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram has said that rampant ball tampering is on in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season- three.

Akram said he has seen many bowlers deliberately rubbing the ball with soil, so that it is difficult to spot for batsmen under lights.

"I won't name anyone but I have seen quite a few cricketers who have been rubbing mud on the ball and that is also tampering," Akram said.

"Around the 18th, 19th over in places like Rajasthan, Mumbai or Ahmedabad where there is red soil it is difficult to see the ball under lights and by putting the mud on the ball these players are trying to contain the batsmen or get wickets," he added.

He also questioned as to how such acts are not noticed either by on-field or television umpires.

"If umpires are not watching then I don't know who is. In this IPL, umpires should look for players who are putting mud on the ball because you can't alter the state of the ball with anything," The News quoted Akram, as saying.

Akram, arguably one of the greatest swing bowlers of his time, however, said that rubbing soil on the ball would not help bowlers to get reverse swing, and also clarified that the act of spinners rubbing their hand in soil before bowling can not be seen as tampering.

"That is different, that is just to get some grip on the ball but here someone is just going berserk rubbing the mud on the ball," he said. (ANI)

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