Nicholas Pooran Caught In Ball-tampering Act In WI Vs AFG Clash?

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Nicholas Pooran could be seen scratching the ball in order to change its condition during the third ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan. Read to know more

Written By Jatin Malu | Mumbai | Updated On:
Nicholas Pooran

West Indies left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran had been making the headlines for all the right reasons from the last few months. He impressed everyone with his batting display in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ODI World Cup and recently shined for West Indies in their win over Afghanistan in the second ODI at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.

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The southpaw scored 67 from just 50 balls as West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs after scoring 247. The win not only helped the Windies to seal the three-match series but also helped them register their first ODI series win since 2014. 

Pooran has once again made the headlines but this time for wrong reasons. The left-handed batsman could land in a problem if the video circulating on the net is investigated by ICC. 

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Did Pooran tamper the ball?

In the video, the wicket-keeper could be seen scratching the ball in order to change its condition during the third ODI between West Indies and Afghanistan. The southpaw was spotted rubbing the ball on the back of his thigh and used the chance to alter with the ball. There have been instances in the past when a number of players have used their fingernails to tamper with the ball.

Last year, two Australian cricketers, Steve Smith and David Warner along with a newbie, Cameron Bancroft, were banned on the charges of tampering the ball during a Test match at the Newlands in South Africa. The issue had impacted Australian Cricket profoundly and had shaken the cricketing community.

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In the third ODI, West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. With the help of Asghar Afghan’s 86 off 85, Afghanistan registered a respectable 249/7. For the Windies, Keemo Paul chipped in with three wickets for 44 runs in his 10 overs and was the pick of the bowlers. West Indies chased it down comfortably riding on the back of Shai Hope's ton as they whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0.

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