Srinagar: Former Pakistani cricketers and former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman on Tuesday demanded the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Indian skipper Virat Kohli for ball-tampering, Pakistan media reported.
In a video published by a South African newspaper group IOL, Kohli is seen shining the ball during India’s first Test against England at Rajkot in a similar manner to which that had prompted the world cricket governing body to take action against South African skipper Faf du Plessis, a report said.
Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said Kohli should be banned for ball-tampering. “He should also be finned,” he said while talking to a Pakistan news channel, the report added.
Former cricketer and chief selector Haroon Rasheed noted with concern that South African skipper Faf du Plessis was reported by the umpires, but in Kohli’s case they kept mum, the report added.
“According to the ICC rules action against a player is only taken if he is reported by the referee or field umpire,” Rasheed was quoted by report to have said.
Former PCB Chairman Khalid Mahmood stated that whenever any Indian player is found involved in some misdoings, the ICC behaves differently, the report said, adding, “We don’t see application of same rule for India. The ICC always treats India differently. Such an attitude is harmful for the game of cricket.”