Ex-Pakistani cricketers accuse ICC of being biased to Indian players following Virat Kohli-ball tampering row

While Du Plesis was punished by the cricketing body, Kohli was left unpunished as there was no complaint from the opposite team.

Updated: Nov 23, 2016, 17:35 PM IST
Ex-Pakistani cricketers accuse ICC of being biased to Indian players following Virat Kohli-ball tampering row

New Delhi: Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli was caught in a similar ball-tampering incident that saw South African Faf du Plesis fined by ICC.

Both of them was found using some artificial substance in mouth to shine the ball during respective Tests against England and Australia.

While Du Plesis was punished by the cricketing body, Kohli was left unpunished as there was no complaint from the opposite team.

Also, 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" – in this case, the timeline has already passed since the incident was from 1st Test in Rajkot.

Now, former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has asked all the member cricket boards to pressurise ICC if they don't take any legal action against Kohli.

"He should also be fined. The ICC should ensure that the rules are same for everybody," said Qadir as per a report in Express Tribune.

Qadir also accused the ICC of being biased towards the Indian cricketers saying, "when it comes to ban a Pakistani player on bowling action or other things, the ICC steps in promptly and puts a ban. But in case of an Indian player, it backs out."

Ex-Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Khalid Mahmood also jumped in saying, "We don't see application of the same rules for India. The ICC always treats India differently. Such an attitude is harmful for the game of cricket."

Mahmood further stressed that action must be taken against match referee and field umpires as they failed to report such an incident.