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5 biggest controversies in New Zealand cricket

S Samaddar
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Timeless

#3 Stephen Fleming and Co caught smoking cannabis

STEVE FLEMING PORTRAIT
Stephen Fleming  was embroiled in a controversy that threatened to hamper his promising career

He has gone on to become one of the most respected leaders and statesmen in international cricket but back in 1994, Stephen Fleming was embroiled in a controversy that threatened to hamper his promising career and tarnish New Zealand cricket at large.

Fleming was only 21 years old when New Zealand went to their tour of South Africa and it was during that tour that he was caught smoking cannabis with a bunch of other team-mates.

However, it needs to be stressed that the former New Zealand captain was not the only one involved in the sordid affair.

Fast bowler Dion Nash and left-arm spinner Matthew Hart were also in on the act. Perhaps the most interesting bit about the whole incident is that it was Danny Morrison who alerted the team management about the whole affair.

Nash said that he simulated the action and did not actually inhale, but they were all fined $175.

Fleming claimed that the incident hit him the hardest as he had to spend a lot of money on lawyers and in addition to that, he lost out on sponsorship deals. 

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