Cricket SA tried to stop broadcast of Philander’s ball tampering

2014-07-22 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The South African cricket hierarchy had apparently put severe pressure on the production team of Ten Sports not to broadcast the video material after Vernon Philander had been caught in the act of ball tampering.

However, according to cricinfo, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board insisted that it be shown to the world.

The video material clearly shows how Philander scratched the ball with his fingers and thumb on the third day of the first Test in Galle.

On two occasions he used his nails to scratch deeply into the rough side of the ball while using his free hand to obscure the ball.

Ten Sports, which is responsible for the television coverage of the Test, only showed the video material during the afternoon session of the fifth day.

C cricinfo reported Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African team management had tried everything possible to prevent the production team from showing it “because it would have created a negative image of the team”.

After the production team noticed the incident on their television cameras, it was initially only shown to match referee Jeff Crowe.

The incident was only brought to the attention of the two umpires on the field after the day’s play and Philander was then charged.

He subsequently pleaded guilty and fined with 75% of his match fee.

After questions were asked why the video material was never televised, it emerged that CSA’s big bosses had objected to it.

Apparently this is also not the first time that CSA and Ten Sports have crossed swords. The contract with Ten Sports to televise South Africa’s overseas matches apparently totals about R1,5 billion.

During last year’s Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Faf du Plessis was caught while rubbing the ball against the zip of his trousers pocket.

The TV referee informed the two umpires on the field and South Africa were penalised by five runs and the ball was changed.

Du Plessis was also penalised with 50% of his match fee after he also pleaded guilty of ball tampering.

CSA was furious with Ten Sports and apparently threatened to withdraw their rights and also to refuse any future interviews with players.

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