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Rakesh Singh

Delhi Press | Updated 01 Aug, 2018 |

What is ball tampering in cricket?

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In the sport of cricket, ball tampering is an action in which a fielder illegally alters the condition of the ball.

akash chauhan

Founder and CEO | Posted 26 May, 2020

In the game of cricket, ball altering is an activity where a defender illicitly changes the state of the ball. The essential inspiration of ball altering is to meddle with the optimal design of the ball to help swing bowling...

mahesa rasim

Blogger | Posted 18 Jan, 2019

Ball tampering is nothing but making the ball rough from a side which makes difficult for the batsman to read the ball.

manish kumar

Blogger | Posted 16 Jan, 2019

In the game of cricket, ball altering is an activity in which a defender wrongfully adjusts the state of the ball. The essential inspiration of ball altering is to meddle with the optimal design of the ball to help swing knocking down some pins.

Rishi Roy

Cricketer , Dronacharya Cricket Academy | |Updated 26 Mar, 2018

In a simple language ball tampering means altering the condition of the ball. The prime motive of this act is to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball. 


Under Law 41, subsection 3 of the Laws of Cricket, the ball may be polished without the use of an artificial substance, may be dried with a towel if it is wet, and have mud removed from it under supervision.

All other actions which alter the condition of the ball are illegal. These are usually taken to include rubbing the ball on the ground, scuffing with a fingernail or other sharp object, or tampering with the seam of the ball.


The purpose of altering the state of the ball is to achieve more favorable bowling conditions for bowlers. However, rubbing spit and sweat on a ball while bowling to the batsman is legal. The moisture gained from spit or sweat when combined with polishing, smoothens out one half of the ball which in turn allows air to pass over one side of the ball more quickly than over the other.


When bowled correctly, a bowler can get the ball to move from one side to the other through the air. Also, it is common for bowlers to rub the ball against their clothing to dry or polish it, as seen in most cricket matches.


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