Why ball tampering allegations against Virat Kohli hold no basis

Virat Kohli was accused of ball tampering during the drawn first Test against England at Rajkot by a British daily.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 8:49 am
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Allegations of ball tampering levelled against Indian Test captain Virat Kohli by a British tabloid do not hold much ground as per the specific clauses in the ICC’s Rules and Regulations about playing conditions.

A British tabloid accused that some footages indicated that Kohli appeared to shine the ball using residue from a sweet during the first Test in Rajkot.

The report claimed that TV cameras indicated Kohli putting his right hand towards his mouth and then appeared to shine one side of the ball.

However, there has been no complaint filed by the visiting team and they declined to comment on the issue.

As per ICC regulations on ball tampering, if a team wants to lodge a complaint about ball tampering by a rival team or its player, it has to be done within five days of the completion of the Test match.

According to ICC’s 3.2.2.1 a Level 1 Offence or a Level 2 Offence that is alleged to have been committed at any time or place (whether on the field of play or otherwise), then the report must be lodged with the Match Referee (or, where, for logistical reasons, it is impractical to lodge with the Match Referee, the ICC’s Cricket Operations Department) within five (5) days of the commission of the alleged offence.”

The match in question is the Rajkot Test which ended on November 13 and if England team had any complaints, they needed to make it official by November 18.

All the ICC clauses, thus, put to rest media reports surrounding the incident.

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    ABB
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm
    Wow... its amazing how an offense made by your own is not deemed as an offense but it is totally fine to shun someone else down. Just because Indian love thier Kholi and Dhoni and beleive they are gods (untouchables) Just because you bring more money to ICC and ICC is forced to look the other way doesn't mean an offence does not apply to you. You are as corrupt as anyone doing an act to sway the game in your favor. Play fair and dont try to bully everyone else just because you have bookies that bring in more money to the game. Play the Game not the ICC because we all know ICC is a puppet of BCCI...
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      Bruce
      Nov 23, 2016 at 4:08 am
      So the upholding of the 'law' is only based on of a team complains and not actual evodense. Amazing how both ICC's are so useless and target certain countries
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        Bruce
        Nov 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm
        Really raju? You correct my spelling (which was due to using a cellphone) and then proceed to butcher the English language with the grammar of a 2 year old..... please forgive me if I don't 'feel it' the way you wrote it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Also, the law should be law. Not only of someone complains. Now du Plessis is bed a cheat and kohli is innocent based on a technicality.
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          Bruce
          Nov 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm
          Instead of presuming, just ask. I am not 'an English'. I am just someone who would like to see consistency of the rules and not application at a teams discretion. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Frankly, I don't think the actions of kohli and du plessis made any difference to the result.
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            Ashish Chindarkar
            Nov 23, 2016 at 9:01 am
            DHONI was Selfish , overlooked senior players unlike Kohli...Kohli is dominant as test skipper..He is a future of indian cricket....All the best Virat sena.
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              dhoni
              Nov 22, 2016 at 7:39 pm
              Kohli is still immature and naive as a captain, both onsite and offsite body language and conversation needs to be improved.
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                deepak kumar
                Nov 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                Dude I presume that you are an English. Learn to accept the defeat in a more gracious manner
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                  Raju
                  Nov 23, 2016 at 8:31 am
                  bruce it is not "evodense", it is evidence. England team did not feel it as tampering. wake up.
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