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Former Pakistan cricketer accuses Australia of ‘ball tempering’ in WTC final

Asks have the umpires gone blind?
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has accused Australia of ball tempering during the ongoing ICC World Test Champions final against India.

The former batter made this revelation on his YouTube channel claiming that the Aussies ‘made the ball’ around the 15th over of the first innings.

The tactics went in favour of Pat Cummins’ men who got the prized scalps of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. They were removed by Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc respectively.

“I would clap for those watching the match from the commentary box, and the umpires! Australia clearly played with the ball and no one is talking about it,” he said.

“No batter is wondering ‘What is happening?’ The biggest example is batters getting bowled while leaving the ball. Let me give you the evidence too. Until the 54th over when Shami was bowling, the shine was on the outside and the ball moved back into Steve Smith. This is not called reverse swing. Reverse swing is when the shine is on the inside and the ball comes back in,” Ali said on his YouTube channel.

He then pointed out the 16th to 18th overs spell, where Virat got out.

“Look at the shine… Mitchell Starc had the ball in his hand with the shiny end pointing outside but the ball was moving the other way. Ravindra Jadeja was hitting the ball on the on-side and the ball was flying over point. Have the umpires gone blind? God knows who all are sitting there who can’t see such a simple thing,” Ali lamented.

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