English claims of ball tempering against Wahab

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz delivers a ball during the second day of the second Test match between Pakistan and England in Dubai on October 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI

Pakistan’s start fast bowler Wahab Riaz was accused of ball tampering by Joe Root when he stated that Wahab had trodden the ball while fielding just before the drinks break on Sunday.

The English team management reported this to the match referee who after going through the replays ruled out any chance of ball tampering as they clearly showed that Wahab was just to-ending the ball. The English team management decided to bury the matter there and then and nothing was brought up after the clarification from the match referee.

English coach Farbrace said after the incident as he defended Joe Root

“Joe has shown with his high level of skill and commitment to the cause that he is up for a scrap. That is what Joe Root is about – he fights and gets stuck in. He comes across as this nice young lad but there is fight in him.”

On the field Wahab and Root exchanged heated words immediately after the incident but it was seen from Wahab’s gestures that he was saying that his hands were wet which is why he did not touch the ball with his bare hands. It should be noted that a wet ball is difficult to utilize for reverse swing as it needs a dry ball to make it go both ways.


It is important to point out a fact here that English and international media in general have always been on the lookout to bring up such events against Pakistan bowlers. Wahab should be careful on the field and don’t attempt such a thing because even a slight error might well become fatal for him and the team.