There have been several black days in the history of cricket, when tragic incidents have taken place on or off the field. Here are some of the most notable ones:
- The death of Phillip Hughes: Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away on November 27, 2014, after being hit by a bouncer during a domestic match in Sydney. He suffered a severe head injury and never regained consciousness.
- The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team: On March 3, 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by gunmen while on their way to a Test match in Lahore, Pakistan. Six members of the team were injured, and eight people, including six Pakistani policemen, were killed.
- The apartheid era in South African cricket: South Africa was banned from international cricket in 1970 due to its apartheid policy, which led to a period of isolation for the country’s cricket team. The ban was only lifted in 1991, allowing South Africa to return to international cricket.
- The match-fixing scandal: In 2000, several high-profile cricketers, including Hansie Cronje, were found guilty of match-fixing. The scandal rocked the cricket world and led to a major overhaul of the game’s governance.
- The ball-tampering scandal: In 2018, Australian cricketers Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, and David Warner were involved in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. The incident led to bans for all three players and a major backlash from cricket fans around the world.
These events have had a significant impact on the game of cricket and continue to be remembered as dark moments in its history.
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