An ongoing issue gets fresh perspective, with one of my favorite writers weighing in on the question of ball tampering. The key point underpinning Rahul Bhattacharya’s argument that cricket should not consider legislating — or to use the phrase bandied about in recent discussions, ‘legalizing’ — ball tampering:
The second point is that the consequence of permission is a whole new set of silly legislation. Should external objects be allowed? If it is legal to scar the ball, does it matter if it is with a fingernail or a switchblade? What acts are to be permitted? Seam-biting is less hygienic than seam-picking, but should it fall foul of the law for that reason? What kinds of creams are to be sanctioned? Minutiae of this kind will be impossible to monitor and will make cricket a more anal game.