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Ball-tampering case takes another twist

The incident of ball-tampering in the Elite Group B U-22 CK Nayudu Trophy match on Wednesday took a dramatic turn with match officials holding Maharashtra off-spinner Ganesh Kukade responsible instead of Jitendra Patil.

cricket Updated: Oct 21, 2010 22:10 IST

The incident of ball-tampering in the Elite Group B U-22 CK Nayudu Trophy match on Wednesday took a dramatic turn with match officials holding Maharashtra off-spinner Ganesh Kukade responsible instead of Jitendra Patil.

The confirmation came on Thursday after a close examination of the video replay. “It was off-spinner Kukade and not (left-arm seamer) Patil, who was initially identified for ball-tampering (vs UP in Ghaziabad),” a match-official told HT.

Sources confirmed that at the time of incident, Patil was bowling whereas Kukade was positioned in a close-in area. “Kukade was rubbing something on the ball, but everyone identified Patil,” said another match official.

“Even the umpires were confused so that's why the match referee chose to see the video replay this morning,” he added.

Match referee, Harvinder Sodhi, who has reportedly sent his report to BCCI, wasn't available for his comments. The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) admitted it was Kukade who was charged with ball-tampering. “It's Ganesh Kukade who was charged,” said Ajay Shirke, MCA chief. He confirmed Kokade had been fined 60% of his fees. Maharashtra won by an innings and 13 runs.