Richard Kettleborough knows all about ball-tampering

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    Yorkshireman Richard Kettleborough played 33 games for his county before turning his hand to umpiring.

    The 45-year-old started his international umpiring career in 2009, and was appointed to the elite panel in 2011 with now 51 Tests, 74 ODIs, and 22 T20s to his credit.

    But through sheer chance, Kettleborough has been directly involved in three ball-tampering decisions.

    He was an on-field umpire when South African captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty in Hobart in November 2016 against Australia, and when Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft admitted guilt in Cape Town last March.

    Ian Gould was the TV umpire in Cape Town who provided the ‘Sandpapergate’ evidence.

    Their positions are reversed in Gros Islet with Gould on-field and Kettleborough the TV umpire where Sri Lankan captain Dinish Chandimal was charged on television evidence last Friday with altering the condition of the ball by applying saliva with a sweet in his mouth.

    That was exactly what du Plessis did in Hobart, despite pleading not guilty, as Chandimal did at the weekend.

    Du Plessis was found guilty and appealed, but lost that as well to be fined his entire match fee, but avoided any match bans.

    Faf du Plessis shines the ball with a mint in his mouth

    Faf du Plessis (Image: Channel Nine)

    That dramatically changed in Cape Town, where the ICC banned Smith for a Test that turned into a 12-month suspension from Cricket Australia for captain Smith, and his vice-captain David Warner, and nine months for the sandpaper user Cameron Bancroft.

    You would think the severity of those suspensions would deter anyone in the future from ball-tampering, but obviously Chandimal didn’t get the message, especially as the old umpiring hands on tampering are on duty like Kettleborough and Gould who know what to look for, and how to prove it.

    Gould is an on-field umpire with the vastly experienced Aleem Dar, Kettleborough the TV umpire.

    Again television evidence is damning, so Chandimal’s not guilty plea has only put off the final decision until a hearing at the completion of the Test.

    Match referee Javagal Srinath, who has already awarded five penalty runs to the West Indies after the tampering charge was laid last Friday and the ball changed, will chair that hearing.

    Chandimal faces a Test suspension, or two ODIs, but that’s about to change with the ICC soon to announce that in future the minimum suspension for ball-tampering will be four Tests, or eight ODIs.

    The ICC moves in mysterious ways.

    For two decades it was just ball-tampering, now the ICC describes it as cheating and not in the spirit of the game under its Code of Conduct.

    The media has played its part as well, writing off previous ball-tamperings as just that until Smith, Warner, and Bancroft were promoted to creating a scandal, splashing the story over the front and back pages of newspapers, and heading the television and radio news.

    Cameron Bancroft

    Cameron Bancroft of Australia talks to the umpire. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

    Social media went off the planet.

    And in the light of all that massive and damning coverage, Dinish Chandimal can still manage to get himself charged with ball-tampering on television evidence.

    Mind boggling.

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    • June 19th 2018 @ 8:22am
      Paul said | June 19th 2018 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      Let’s ignore the actual charge and look at what Chandimal did in response.

      His actions in refusing to take the Sri Lankan team back onto the field, should have either cost them the game, or he should miss a few games for bringing the game into disrepute. It’s completely unacceptable that a side can “protest” a decision by having an old fashioned sit down strike.

      The other amusing aspect is the hearing. Srinath, who has already decided the Sri Lankan captain is guilty by awarding 5 runs to the West Indies, is going to chair the meeting. There’s obviously no presumption of innocence with the ICC!

      • June 19th 2018 @ 9:09am
        Marshall said | June 19th 2018 @ 9:09am | ! Report

        Agree, not taking the field should constitute a forfeit.

        It’s childish and should not be tolerated.

        • June 19th 2018 @ 6:28pm
          Jacko said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

          i remember the Windies doin it in NZ in the late 70s early 80s…it was a big thing then as a Windies bowler came out and hit an umpire in his run in to bowl

      • June 19th 2018 @ 9:51am
        Pope Paul VII said | June 19th 2018 @ 9:51am | ! Report

        Where is Dazza Hair when you actually need him? (although I think he was needed to give Pakistan another 5 min to consider their options). This was an act of extreme disrespect to the game.

        • June 19th 2018 @ 12:09pm
          Rats said | June 19th 2018 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

          Hair was a strict policeman.. wasn’t he.. subcontinent teams felt he was a racist..
          He could have definitely handled the situation better.. could have gone to Pak dressing room and given a first and final warning ” if you guys don’t come to the pitch within 10mins, I will award the match to Eng.. this is as per rules”.. then if Pak team were still not coming out, he could have done what he did..

          • June 19th 2018 @ 12:25pm
            Paul Paul VII said | June 19th 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            Yep too harsh on the Paks. But these SLs? Can you imagine the condemnation if they refused to take the field?

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              June 20th 2018 @ 12:34pm
              Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

              ‘Can you imagine the condemnation if they refused to take the field?’

              I remember Ranatunga doing it in Adelaide when Murali was no balled. Alec Stewart gave Ranatunga a gobful behind the stumps while he was batting.

              People at the time said the umpires were out of order as Murali had been cleared which was nonsense. Just because you are cleared it doesn’t give you carte blanche to try new deliveries.

          • June 19th 2018 @ 1:15pm
            Pope Paul VII said | June 19th 2018 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

            oops that should have read “imagine the condemnation if Australia refused to take the field”

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              June 20th 2018 @ 1:14pm
              Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

              So there should be if an Australian captain pulled that stunt.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 9:53am
      Pope Paul VII said | June 19th 2018 @ 9:53am | ! Report

      And take that SL. Refused to take the field for about 2 hours, then lost 32.5 overs to weather as WI staved off defeat.

      Outstanding effort by S T Gabriel 5/59 and 8/62.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 2:10pm
      KenoathCarnt said | June 19th 2018 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

      I noticed how Skysports have put zero effort into making this into the biggest story in the world. Yet when Australia was charged it was pretty much the biggest strory in the world. Just shows how bitter some countries are against Australia and how much of an overreaction it was. Obviously what Australia did was wrong but I believe it kind of blew up into something bigger then it actually was.

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        June 19th 2018 @ 2:48pm
        Bakkies said | June 19th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

        The key difference with Sandpaper gate is that senior players got the most junior player in terms of caps to do their dirty work and it was even subtle. They also lied to the umpires and at the press conference which is available to the public.

        Warner didn’t even face the match referee.

        • June 19th 2018 @ 4:23pm
          KenoathCarnt said | June 19th 2018 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

          Yea Australia did make more of a plan but still ball tampering is ball tampering. It’s wrong and there has been absolutely nothing in terms of persecution for Sri Lanka. Australia handed down the longest suspensions in cricket history and all you heard from England was it should have been more?? Absolutely rediculous England just love hating on Australia and this is clear proof there isnt even one article on Sri Lanka. They were clearly just hurt by losing the Ashes 4 zip.

          • June 19th 2018 @ 6:31pm
            Jacko said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

            Ken it was the AUS media that turned it from a nothing into a massive over reaction…Try blaming the correct mob…..Also the ICC banned the Aus guys for 1 match…the ACB are the ones that banned them for 12 mths

            • June 19th 2018 @ 6:42pm
              KenoathCarnt said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:42pm | ! Report

              There was a massive reaction by all media. I said Australia handed down the ban which is refering to the ACB.

              • June 20th 2018 @ 7:16pm
                Doc79 said | June 20th 2018 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

                The varying reactions to ball tampering by Australia as opposed to Sri Lanka can be viewed three ways.

                1. Elitism- as in Australians are above such behaviour of other lowly nations.

                2. Racism of low expectations- as in ‘what do you expect from other lowly, inferior nations.

                3. Media hyperbole- whipping the zombified media followers into some imagined frenzy so that eyeballs are focused, laser like, on crap they’re trying to sell.

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            June 20th 2018 @ 12:36pm
            Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            ‘Australia handed down the longest suspensions in cricket history ‘

            For ball tampering and misleading officials yes.

            The sandpaper thing was that ridiculous it didn’t even scuff up the ball.

        • June 19th 2018 @ 6:00pm
          Just Nuisance said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

          You can look at that another way Bakkies . The most junior player agreed to do the dirty work . Maybe it wasn’t so hard to “get” him to do it.

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            June 20th 2018 @ 12:38pm
            Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

            ‘You can look at that another way Bakkies . The most junior player agreed to do the dirty work . Maybe it wasn’t so hard to “get” him to do it.’

            Given the history of treating junior players poorly in the Australian dressing room it would be rather difficult for Bancroft to say no.

            Warner had that in his charge sheet.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 10:46am
          JayG said | June 20th 2018 @ 10:46am | ! Report

          I could argue that SL brought more disrepute to the game by also lying to umpires and match referees, refusing to take the field and generally behaving like spoilt brats ( term recently used for Steve Smith’s Aus team)

          Why should they not be penalized for that?

          • June 20th 2018 @ 11:23am
            Rats said | June 20th 2018 @ 11:23am | ! Report

            Lets not forget the heavy punishment to Smith and Warner were meted out by cricket Australia.. not ICC.. that’s the standard CA wants to set for themselves.. and the over reaction came from Aussie media and experts more than rest of the world.. that shows you guys care about the game.. be proud of being an Australian cricket fan..
            Try being an Indian fan for a day.. you will know how hard it is when you are taken for granted by BCCI..

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            June 20th 2018 @ 12:40pm
            Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

            ‘Why should they not be penalized for that?’

            That’s up to the Sri Lankan board as the ICC is so gutless they handed Chandimal a one match ban. Cricket boards now have to set the standard.

            On your comments Rats hear, hear.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 8:17pm
      Rats said | June 19th 2018 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

      Shameless act from SL captain.. deserves punishment..
      Again begs the question, why more and more international captains are doing this.. why this desperation to win at any cost.. why players don’t want to field and bowl for a long time anymore..
      ICC need to look into this aspect as well and remind captains and their boards that winning is not everything..
      even a well fought drawn test match is not acceptable anymore.. there are groups of people who would say “this is the problem with test cricket. 5 days and still no result”.. complete lack of understanding of what test cricket is..

      • June 20th 2018 @ 1:22pm
        Kris said | June 20th 2018 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

        “more and more international captains are doing this.”

        More and more are getting caught by the dozens of cameras, every game being broadcast and 10s of thousands of twitter accounts.

        I doubt the modern captain is any less honest than any previous ones.

        • June 20th 2018 @ 1:29pm
          Rats said | June 20th 2018 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

          Yes.. despite knowing u would be definitely caught, u still go ahead and do it.. that’s the desperation I fail to understand..

    • June 19th 2018 @ 8:25pm
      Rats said | June 19th 2018 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

      Hazelwood is bang on here..

      you can clearly see how cricket has changed in the last few years.. desperation to win.. desperation to prove to the world that you are the best, because the world thinks only results matter.. there are two kind of cricket fans right now.. one who sits and watches the game, other who follows it through media.. I know people who don’t watch a single ball, but feel happy and proud when they read “India thrashed Australia” in the newspaper.. unfortunately the current international players somehow feel the need to satisfy the second group of fans.

      All international players must read what Hazelwood says

      http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23835435/australia-focus-only-results-led-ball-tampering-scandal

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        June 20th 2018 @ 12:46pm
        Bakkies said | June 20th 2018 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

        I am glad that Starc and Hazlewood have actually come out and spoke publicly about this. If the ball maintenance group as Josh calls it tampers with the ball that would surely ruin your credibility as a test bowler. It basically says you got your wickets through foul play rather than skill that you have developed since you were a child.

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