Ball-tampering scandal was almost like a cry for help: Dale Steyn

first_imgSouth Africa speedster Dale Steyn is of the opinion that the ball-tampering scandal which took place in the Cape Town Test in March was more “like a cry for help” from the bowlers due to the growing disparity between bat and ball in cricket.Although he condemned the act by the Australians, Steyn however, offered a new perspective into the incident and said that it exposed the need for cricket to change to prevent the loss of the art of reverse swing bowling.”It’s obviously not on, but if you think about it, it’s almost like a cry for help. We need to do something,” Steyn told Reuters in an interview.Writing off Virat Kohli is the biggest mistake: Dale Steyn to India Today”There’s so much in favour of batsmen these days. Fields are small, two new balls, powerplays, bats have got bigger than they used to be, the list can go on.”You bowl a ‘no ball’ and it’s a free hit. But I have never seen a rule change that favours the bowler,” Steyn said.England bowlers’ class will make the difference vs India: Dale SteynSteyn, who is tied on 421 wickets with Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, felt the desperation to get the ball to swing was forcing cricketers to flirt with regulations.Typically, swing bowlers use the new ball to deviate it in the air to outwit batsmen but Pakistan fast bowlers stunned the world in the 1980s by introducing reverse swing to Test cricket.advertisementDale Steyn likely to say goodbye to limited-overs cricket after 2019 World CupThe skill of making an old and battered ball move in the air in the opposite direction to conventional swing was developed into an art form in the following decade by their successors Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SCANDALIn March, with South Africa already leading by more than 100 in the second innings for the loss of a single wicket on the third day of the third Test in Cape Town, a trio of Australians hatched a plan to tamper with the ball to get that reverse swing.Also read – Ball-tampering scandal: I panicked, I lied and I am devastated, says Cameron BancroftThey paid a heavy price with batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was spotted with sandpaper in his hand, suspended for nine months, while then captain Steve Smith and David Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice captaincy and handed one-year bans.SMITH, WARNER STEP DOWN AS CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAIN”It’s a big plea and it would be a sad day to see (reverse swing) disappear,” Steyn said at a promotional event.”I grew up watching Akram, I grew up watching Waqar and all these geniuses run in and reverse swing the ball. And you just don’t see it today. What inspiration will other fast bowlers have if they don’t have anybody to inspire them to become fast bowlers?. You might as well put a bowling machine there and everyone try and become a batter,” he said.The International Cricket Council in 2011 introduced an extra new ball in one-day games, a move which many believe has made the already batsman-friendly 50-over format even more difficult for the bowlers.Sachin Tendulkar, among others, recently called for a return to the use of one new ball from each end in order to revive the moribund art of reverse swing in the format.Steyn agreed, adding that other rule changes like the limit of two bouncers per over were more of a hindrance than a help for bowlers.”They changed the rule and said we will bring two new balls into the game. I don’t want a new ball when I am bowling in the subcontinent. I want an old ball that can’t get hit out of the ground. I want a ball that when I bowl doesn’t have true bounce, so that the batsman can’t hit it.”These are not rules that favour the bowler at all. They are, if anything, add to the batsman,” Steyn said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more