During the 2001 India-South Africa series, Sachin Tendulkar
was booked for ball-tampering in the second Test match at Port Elizabeth by
umpire Mike Denness.
BCCI launched a massive protest even threatening to pull out
of the series if Denness continued to be the match referee in the next match.
ICC was forced to remove Denness and the ban on Tendulkar was also overturned.
“I was shocked because I had always played cricket
with integrity and honesty and would never do such a thing”.
“My mistake, which I have no hesitation in owning up
to was that I should have informed the on-field umpires under Law 42.3 when I
was cleaning the seam, but I’m afraid it did not enter my mind in the intensity
of the moment.” were his words regarding the incident.