Cricket is a sport that has seen its fair share of controversies over the years. From match-fixing scandals to on-field altercations, there have been several moments that have left a lasting impact on the game. Here, we look at some of the most controversial moments in cricket history. Bodyline series (1932-33) The Bodyline series was a test series played between England and Australia in 1932-33. England’s captain Douglas Jardine implemented a tactic where his fast bowlers bowled short deliveries aimed at the body of the Australian batsmen. This led to several injuries and caused an uproar in the cricketing world, with many calling the tactic unsportsmanlike. Spot-fixing scandal (2010) In 2010, a spot-fixing scandal rocked the cricketing world. Three Pakistani cricketers – Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir – were found guilty of accepting bribes to bowl no-balls at specific points during a Test match against England. The scandal led to the players being banned from cricket and raised questions about the integrity of the sport. Monkeygate scandal (2008) The Monkeygate scandal was an incident that occurred during the 2008 Test series between Australia and India. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of calling Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds a “monkey” during the match. The incident led to a heated exchange between the two teams and Harbhajan was initially banned for three matches. The ban was later overturned due to lack of evidence. Ball-tampering scandal (2018) The ball-tampering scandal that occurred during the third Test match between South Africa and Australia in 2018 was one of the most controversial moments in cricket history. Australian players Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, and Steve Smith were caught on camera using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball. The incident led to the players being banned and caused a major uproar in the cricketing world. Mike Gatting’s altercation with umpire Shakoor Rana (1987) During a Test match between England and Pakistan in 1987, English captain Mike Gatting had a heated argument with umpire Shakoor Rana over a decision. The argument escalated, with Rana accusing Gatting of calling him a “cheat”. The incident led to both teams walking off the field and a diplomatic row between the two countries. Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal (2000) South African captain Hansie Cronje was involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2000. Cronje admitted to taking bribes from bookmakers to influence the outcome of matches. The scandal led to Cronje being banned from cricket and tarnished the reputation of the sport. Javed Miandad’s altercation with Dennis Lillee (1981) During a Test match between Pakistan and Australia in 1981, Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad and Australian bowler Dennis Lillee had a heated exchange on the field. Lillee had blocked Miandad’s path while running to bowl, which led to the altercation. The incident led to both players being fined and caused a major controversy in the cricketing world. Shakib Al Hasan’s ICC ban (2019) Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was banned by the ICC in 2019 for two years (with one year suspended) for failing to report corrupt approaches from a bookmaker. The ban came as a shock to the cricketing world as Shakib was one of the best all-rounders in the world at the time. In summary, cricket has had its fair share of controversial moments throughout history, with incidents ranging from on-field tactics to allegations of match-fixing and ball-tampering. While these moments have caused controversy and division, they have also led to important discussions about the ethics and integrity of the game and have ultimately helped to make cricket a fairer and more transparent sport.