During the 3rd ODI against Afghanistan, the Netherlands was penalized for ball tampering.
The umpires assessed a five-run penalty to the Netherlands for ball tampering.
Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi demanded a new ball. Who can forget the infamous sandpaper gate scandal during the 2018 Cape Town test. Which resulted in bans for Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft? As a result, whether the International Cricket Council (ICC) takes action against the Dutch team remains to be seen.
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Rules regarding ball tampering
“If the umpires believe that the condition of the ball has been unfairly changed, by a member or members of either side.” The law states, “they shall ask the captain of the opposing side if he/she would like the ball to be replaced.” In the case of the batting side, the batters at the wicket may deputise for their captain if necessary.”
In terms of the game’s outcome, Afghanistan lost their in-form opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz with only 22 runs on the board. Nonetheless, debutant Riaz Hussan found a potent partner in Rahmat Shah, and the duo steadied the ship with an 86-run second-wicket stand. Hassan made a memorable debut, scoring 50 off 75 balls.
Najibullah Zadran, who batted at number five, showed off his blitzes and slammed boundaries for fun. He hit 71 off 59 balls as Afghanistan posted 254/5 in their allotted 50 overs. The Netherlands’ chase got off to a great start, with openers Scott Edwards and Colin Ackermann putting on 103 runs for the first wicket.
Coming in at number five, Najibullah Zadran showed off his blitzes and slammed boundaries for fun. He hit 71 off 59 deliveries as Afghanistan posted 254/5 in their allotted 50 overs. The Netherlands’ chase got off to a strong start, with openers Scott Edwards and Colin Ackermann putting on 103 runs for the first wicket.
Afghanistan moved up to fifth place in the ICC ODI Super League points table with this victory. The Netherlands, on the other hand, remains in 13th place.
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