LONDON: Monty Panesar has claimed he had question marks over the England cricket team’s treatment of the ball in the field.
Former spinner Panesar played 50 Tests for England between 2006 and 2013, and was used for ball maintenance.
In an excerpt of his book The Full Monty, Panesar revealed what the team employed to help the ball reverse.
“We found that mints and sun cream had an effect on the saliva,” he wrote.
“I might also have ‘accidentally’ caught the ball on the zip of my trouser pocket to rough it up a little.”
Ball-tampering has been a dirty term in cricket for years, and reared its ugly head last March when Australian captain Steve Smith, deputy David Warner and rookie Cameron Bancroft each copped Cricket Australia-imposed bans for their involvement in a tampering plot in Cape Town.
Later in 2018, then Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal was banned by the ICC after he was suspected of using saliva and a sweet that he had in his mouth to tamper with the ball.
During a tour of Australia in 2016, Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball-tampering by the ICC after using mints to alter the condition of the ball.
Three years earlier, du Plessis was fined after he was caught rubbing the ball on the zipper of his trousers against Pakistan.
According to Law 42.3 of the MCC’s Laws of Cricket, a fielder is free to polish a ball “provided that no artificial substance is used”.