British Newspaper Claims Shoaib Akhtar of Ball Tampering
Was this the moment Pakistan’s cricketers became embroiled in one final controversy?
In the last game of their acrimonious tour of England at the Rose Bowl last night fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar 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.
Sportsmail’s 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.