T20I World Cup 2024: Pakistan’s Haris Rauf Accused Of Ball Tampering In The USA vs PAK Match

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team kickstarted their campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 with a nightmare as they suffered a crushing defeat against the debutants USA. Not just this, Pakistan’s fast bowler Haris Rauf has also found himself in a controversy as he has been accused of ball tampering.

Yes, you read that right. While the USA has created history by taking down the former champions in a thrilling Super Over, on the other hand, Pakistan has found itself in some deep troubles.

T20I World Cup 2024: Pakistan's Haris Rauf Accused Of Ball Tampering In The USA vs PAK Match

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Rusty Theron Levels Accusations At Haris Rauf

Former South African cricketer, Juan Theron, has leveled massive allegations against the Babar Azam‘s team, especially Haris Rauf. He took to his X and claimed that Pakistan players were regularly scratching the ball during their match against the USA to produce reverse swing with a ‘freshly changed ball’. Theron claimed that Haris Rauf was ‘running his thumb’ over the ball to scratch it at the top of his mark. He said:

@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 Harris Rauf running his thumb nail over the ball at the top of his mark. @usacricket,” posted Theron on X (formerly Twitter).

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Notably, Theron, 38, represented South Africa at the international level before he switched his allegiance to the USA. He played four ODIs and nine T20Is for the South African cricket team between 2010 and 2012.

The right-arm fast bowler has so far played 18 ODIs and as many T20Is in his international career, picking a total of 55 wickets in them. Theron also played in the IPL representing Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab, and Rajasthan Royals.

Talking about the USA vs Pakistan match, the debutants defeated Pakistan in the Super Over by 5 runs to register their 2nd win on the trot at the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, which they are also co-hosting alongside West Indies.