New Zealand cricketer Henry Nicholls faces ball-tampering allegations

Henry Nicholls, New Zealand cricketer, is under scrutiny for alleged ball-tampering during a Plunket Shield match. The accusations involve a breach of cricket laws, and Nicholls is yet to comment on the charges.

New Zealand cricketer Henry Nicholls is facing accusations of ball-tampering during a Plunket Shield match between Canterbury and Auckland. Umpires reported the incident, capturing Nicholls brushing the ball against a helmet during a change of ends in TV footage.

New Zealand Cricket released a statement stating that Nicholls is accused of breaching Rule 3.1, article 1.15 of the Code during Day 3 of the Plunket Shield match at Hagley Oval. This rule pertains to changing the condition of the ball in violation of Law 41.3 of the Laws of Cricket.

Despite being a crucial player in Canterbury’s eight-wicket victory, Nicholls’ on-field actions have led to an investigation. No date has been set for the hearing, and Nicholls has not commented on the charges.


Nicholls, part of the New Zealand Test squad scheduled to tour Bangladesh later this month, has been referred to a cricket commissioner for first-class cricket.

In the match where the alleged incident occurred, Canterbury declared their first innings on 413 for 9, with Nicholls top-scoring with 120. He contributed an unbeaten 30 as Canterbury achieved the victory target of 61 for the loss of two wickets.

This win marked Canterbury’s first in the Plunket Shield season, placing them in fourth position on the six-team table.


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