New Zealand Test crickter Henry Nicholls has been accused of foul play after being reported by umpires for ball tampering during domestic first-class match this week.
According to the report, Henry Nicholls rubbed the cricket ball on the helmet. This incident happened during the Plunket Shield match this week when Nicholls's Canterbury and Auckland teams were face to face.
ESPN Cricinfo reported that, 'Nicholls has been found guilty of violating Rule No. 3.1 and Article 1.15 of the Code of Conduct. This incident happened on the third day of the match being played between Canterbury and Auckland at Hagley Oval.' New Zealand Cricket said in a statement on Friday.
Action may be taken soon. No date for action has been revealed yet regarding Henry Nicholls. But this could prove to be a big blow for New Zealand cricket. New Zealand players are never usually seen getting entangled in such matters.
If we talk about cricketing law, 'tampering with the condition of the ball is a violation of point 41.3 of the Cricket Law.' According to New Zealand Cricket, this complaint is related to the First Class Cricket Commissioner. Henry Nicholls is scheduled to join the New Zealand team later this month for the Bangladesh tour after the World Cup. There has been no response from his side yet on these allegations.
The New Zealand team has almost confirmed its place in the semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. New Zealand may face the Indian team in the semi-finals. Henry Nicholls is not included in the current World Cup team. He is taking part in the domestic first class match.
Henry Nicholls has played 54 Tests, 72 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for New Zealand. Nicholls has scored 2948 runs in Test cricket which includes 9 centuries and 12 half-centuries. In ODI, he has scored 1960 runs which includes one century and 14 half-centuries. His performance in T20 International was not good and he was able to score only 100 runs in total.