It seems New Zealand were a little suspicious of Umar Gul’s 5 for 6, and asked the match officials whether it was possible that the Pakistani paceman’s ‘excessive‘ reverse swing might have been down to ball-tampering. Younis Khan finds this “embarrassing“, as do I.
When a team has been soundly beaten, it is hardly in keeping with the so called ‘Spirit of Cricket‘ for them to immediately accuse the other side of foul play. The spectre of Pakistani ball-tampering seems difficult for some to dispel, and yet New Zealand’s reverse swing in the same match (admittedly not to anywhere near the same degree or effect) attracted no such suspicion.
Whilst it is impossible to say for certain what happened to the ball, the presence of several TV cameras and the regular examination of said ball my the match officials without any sanction being imposed on Pakistan would seem to suggest that there is little cause for concern.