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October 25, 2013

Should ball-tampering be legalised?


The game is unfairly biased in the batsman's favour, and it's time the bowlers got some help from the rule-makers


Ball-tampering has always been considered unfair, and it should remain that way


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November 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT


Ball Tempering should not be allowed as it will harm the fair nature of the game

October 27, 2013, 16:24 GMT


It should stay illegal but other rules like the 4 players outside the circle rule should be changed because cricket is turning into a complete batsmen's game.

October 27, 2013, 7:39 GMT


The only ball tampering I want to see, is when a batsmen hits the ball so hard that the shape of it gets changed - that should be legal

October 26, 2013, 3:57 GMT


How on earth did this question not become relevant before? I believe Harsha wrote an article on this sometime ago, but it faded without recognition.

I would say yes, but with serious reservations. I have no idea how you would track the degree of ball-tampering or how you would enforce it without regular inspections. How would this even work?

The batsmen have had rules adjusted in their favour. They haven't been told they can hold wider bats or something that gives their means more reach.

Perhaps it should be legalized, but only during overs when its already fairly old (20-30 over mark) and you want to get more swing and turn through. But even this has flaws in the logic.

October 28, 2013, 3:35 GMT


No. Never. "4 players outside the circle" rule should be changed. These days the game's completely turning out to be a batsmen's game. The rules should all be reviewed and the charisma of the game should be brought back from the 90's.

October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT


Yes, let tampering be legalized. There will be new positions created in the team apart from batsman, bowler, wicket-keeper and all-rounders - the ball tamperer. If needed be the no. 11 position be replaced off a bowler. Ball tamperer may be equipped with different tools like, you know, knives etc. (Onion cutting or potato peeling personnel working in different restaurants may look for a new career in cricket! BYE BYE, NATURAL REVERSE-SWING BOWLERS). Only then the game of cricket will be super balanced and entertaining!

October 27, 2013, 9:53 GMT


no to ball tempering, we need to keep the cricket fair play but unfortunately all rules are made to settle scores. There are different rules for different countries, and this is the reason cricket is limited to few countires and not expanding to other nations.

October 27, 2013, 9:38 GMT


I think that that getting the ball to reverse swing is a fascinating aspect of cricket. But it should not be done with external aids, including fingernails and teeth. So I think its perfectly fine to allow throwing the ball in on the bounce, for players to use the cloth of their clothes and saliva/sweat to prepare the ball. If this is what is meant by legalising ball tampering, then I am all for it, otherwise no. Getting the ball to reverse should take skill and time, allowing for that period between the new and old ball for the batsmen to have their way.

October 27, 2013, 8:53 GMT


NO...that will lead to a lot more controversies and we don't need that. Please keep the game as simple as possible and learn to use the natural wear & tear of the ball to your potential instead of trying to create it.

October 27, 2013, 8:12 GMT


According to the ICC rule pertaining to altering the condition of the ball, nothing can be applied to the ball be it saliva or sweat. So, keeping in mind that bowlers have been doing that for ages, the ball tampering is also alive and kicking. So to say that ball tampering is banned, may not be true entirely. Whether ball tampering has to be banned or not, application of saliva and sweat has to be kept in mind while applying the rule.