ICL: Indian Cricket League

Disgraced Oval Test ball all set to disappear


The Duke-manufactured cricket ball used in forfeited fourth Test match played between Pakistan and England at The Oval in August this year is being kept away from public view.

According to a Daily Mail report, alleged ‘scuffed’ up ball was examined this Wednesday by ICC chief referee and former Sri Lankan player Ranjan Madugalle, and pictures of it have been stored on ICC official’s laptop.

An ICC spokesman said the Duke ball is likely to be returned to England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and will not be put on display in Lord’s museum alongside such “well-behaved balls as one with which Jim Laker took all ten Australia wickets in 1956 or even Shoaib Akhtar’s five-for ball from one-day match last month”.

The ball is likely to be locked in a cupboard somewhere, and might just disappear. This is what happened to a ball that was at the centre of another Anglo-Pakistani ball-tampering row. In a One-day International (ODI) in 1992, the umpire John Hampshire rescued the match ball from a mauling by Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram. It was handed to TCCB, forerunner of the ECB, which then admitted four years later that it had been lost.

The only naughty ball to be kept by cricket authorities is one bowled by Jahangir Khan for Cambridge at Lord’s in 1936. It struck and killed a sparrow on its way to dislodging Tom Pearce’s bails. Both the ball and bird have become popular exhibits at Lord’s museum.

Last week, Majid Khan, former Pakistan captain, came to pay homage to his father’s infamous missile. Perhaps the ECB is drawing up plans to fly the ball out to Australia next month, take it to Woolloongabba on morning of November 23 and gently roll it on to outfield, somewhere in direction of McGrath’s right heel would be ideal.
Source:The News

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