Pakistan’s Haris Rauf Under Fire in T20 World Cup Opener: Ball-Tampering Allegations Rock Tournament

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The opening match of the T20 World Cup between Pakistan and the USA has been overshadowed by a potential ball-tampering controversy. Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf finds himself at the center of the storm, accused of manipulating the ball during their thrilling victory over the underdogs.

The drama unfolded in the 13th over. With the USA in a strong position at 94/1, Pakistan opted for a new ball. Just two overs later, the tide began to turn. Rauf dismissed the dangerous Andries Gous, and Pakistan wrestled back control, eventually winning the match in a tense super over.

However, questions arose regarding the sudden shift in momentum. Former South African cricketer Rusty Theron, now playing for the USA, ignited the controversy on social media. He accused Rauf of using his fingernails to tamper with the newly-introduced ball, suggesting it facilitated reverse swing – a technique that makes the ball deviate unpredictably in the air.

Theron’s tweet, tagging the ICC (International Cricket Council), read: “@ICC are we just going to pretend Pakistan aren’t scratching the hell out of this freshly changed ball? Reversing the ball that’s just been changed 2 overs ago? You can literally see Haris Rauf running his thumbnail over the ball at the top of his mark. @usacricket #PakvsUSA.”

The ICC has confirmed they are investigating the allegations.  Video replays are being scrutinized, and officials may interview players and umpires involved in the match. Ball-tampering is a serious offense in cricket, potentially leading to bans and fines.

Pakistan has yet to respond officially to the accusations. Rauf’s bowling performance was undoubtedly crucial in their victory, but the shadow of controversy could tarnish their success. The cricket world awaits the ICC’s verdict, with tensions high as the prestigious tournament gets underway.


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