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netAttheheartofSportICCChampionsTrophy:EnglandDenyBallTamperingAllegations

June15,2013ByVedPrakashLeaveaCommentTheEnglishODIcoach,AshleyGiles,hasdeniedallegationsmadebyformerEnglandcaptainBobWillisthatthesidehasbeentamperingwiththeballintheon-goingChampionsTrophy。

EnglandgotintotheproblemwhenumpiresAleemDarandBillyBowdenchangedoneofthetwonewballsinthe26thoveroftheirmatchagainstSriLankawhichthelatterwentontowin。

WithinminutesanICCspokesmanconfirmedthatthechangeensuedastheballwasoutofshape。

Infact,eventheECBspokespersonlatertoedthesamelineandsaidTheumpiresandmatchrefereecannottalkaboutspecificincidentsduringatournament。

Butourunderstandingisthattheballwaschangedbecauseitwentoutofshape。

EnglandwereconsequentlyunhappyasthenewballofferedlittleornoreverseswingwhichwasthekeytotheirsuccessintheearlierencounteragainsttheAussies。

LackofreverseswingmadeitextremelyeasyforSriLankatochasethehumongoustargetof293andcapatinAlistairCookcouldntjustgetoverthis。

Inthepostmatchconference,CooksaidTheballwaschangedbecauseitwasoutofshape。

Theumpiresmakethesedecisionsandyouhavetoacceptthem。

Sometimesyoudontthinktheyaretherightdecisions。

Therewereambiguitiesregardingwhetherornotthemisshapenedballwentthroughthehoopthatsusedtocheckwhetheraballhasindeedlostitsshape。

AndthatclearlyjustifiedCooksangerastheballwasreportedlypassingthroughthatroundguage。

ButitsstillanambiguityasnonefromtheICChascomeforwardtocleartheair。

Followingthisconfusion,BobWillis,oneofthemostprolificfastbolwersthatEnglandhad,allegedthattheteamhasbeeninvolvedinballtamperingduringthecourseofthiscompetition。

Infact,hewentontosayLetsnotbeataboutthebushAleemDarisonEnglandscase。

HeknowsthatoneindividualisscratchingtheballforEnglandwhoIamnotgoingtonameandthatswhytheballwaschanged。

Towhichthecoach,AshleyGiles,tookseriousoffenseanddeniedvehementlysayingWedonttamperwiththeballandIhopewecantalkaboutsomethingelse。

Itisdisappointingbecausewehaveahugegame,aquarter-finalmust-win,andtherearealotofheadlinesaboutthewrongstuff。

Withthesituationtheotherday,theballwaschangedbecauseithadgoneoutofshape。

Weaskedthequestion,thecaptainaskedthatquestiontotheumpireswhichhehasarightto。

Theballwaschanged,therestishistory。

Iguesswealwaystakeallegationsseriously。

Peoplehavetherighttosaywhattheysay,wecantstopthem。

Itsoundsboring,butwehavetofocusonwhatwewanttodo。

ThemostimportantthingiswinningcricketmatchesandnotwhatBobWillissays。

CookistheonewhonormallyhandlestheballforEnglandintheTestsashenormallysweatslessandthathelpsinkeepingtheballdry。

ButRaviBoparahasbeengivetheballhandlingdutyintheon-goingChampionsTrophy。

Gilescomplained:Thereisevenmentionofoneofourplayersspecificrolesandthatplayerisanextremelygoodcricketerandhashadanextremelygoodseriessofarandwewouldliketolethimconcentrateonplayinghiscricketasbestashecan。

Hemaintainedthatreverseswinghasbeenachievedbyfairermeansonly。