West Indies cricketer Nicholas Pooran has been in the news for all the right reasons until Monday. Pooran, who impressed everyone in the Indian Premier League (IPL), was spotted engaging in something suspicious with the ball during the third ODI against Afghanistan in Lucknow on Monday. Cameras spotted Pooran scratching the ball and touching its seam in a video that has surfaced.
Usually, a wicketkeeper, Pooran who is not keeping wickets in the series, was rubbing the ball near his thigh region in the 32nd over of the match. The dubious act was caught on camera and the Caribbean star could land in troube if the video is investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Here is the video that is circulating on social media:
Not so long ago, cricket was rocked by a ball-tampering scandal featuring Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. All three players were subsequently suspended after they were proven guilty.
Earlier in the day, West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. Thanks to Asghar Afghan’s 86 off 85, Afghanistan registered a decent 249/7. For the West Indies, Keemo Paul with three wickets for 44 runs in his quota of 10 overs was the pick of the bowlers.
At the time of publishing this copy, West Indies were reeling at 90/3 in 23 overs chasing 250. Pooran (5*) and Hope (43*) were in the middle with the visitors needing 160 more runs to win in 27 overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up two wickets in five overs so far.
Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Playing XI: Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh