De Villiers keeps Broad ball-tampering issue alive

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London, Jan 7 (ANI): To keep pressure on the England team even though match officials said that there was no evidence of ball tampering, South African cricketers are continuing to make an issue of the television footage.

Middle-order batsman AB de Villiers said "it is not on to climb on to the ball with your spikes." This is what Stuart Broad was filmed doing on Tuesday morning.

"It was a little bit naughty. Although I wouldn't say that he deserves to be banned, I do think it should be looked at - definitely," The Telegraph quoted, De Villiers, as saying.

De Villiers's frustration can be well reflected after South Africa decided not to file a written complaint.

According to Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, they took advice from match officials before deciding to let the matter drop.

"There was a concern raised about the condition of the ball. If you looked at TV footage you could clearly see that there was an indentation on the ball, and there were marks that went across," Moosajee said.

"It was taken up to the match referee, Roshan Mahanama, who then looked into the matter and said he was quite happy that no further action needed to be taken. And we accepted that," he said.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the International Cricket Council, South Africa's failure to put in an official charge by the start of play means that the issue is now closed.

But De Villiers seems to clearly disagree with South Africa's team policy. "I think there should be a formal complaint with a ball that was reversing after that incident. There was clearly a piece of the leather off the ball after he stepped on it and it is not the first time that it happened." (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 12:31 [IST]
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