Give the bowlers a break

2013-11-02 00:00

BECAUSE I have some previous experience when it comes to ball tampering, I am in no position to condemn any of the Proteas for an action that is now regarded as cheating. I would rather put my own two cents worth into a serious debate on the merits of allowing fielding sides to interfere with the condition of the ball.

My own favourite ruse was to switch a newer ball for one that had come to the end of its useful life, at least as far as the bowlers were concerned. This was easily achieved in a variety of methods. A ball would be left behind a mobile sightscreen. A bowler would “decide” to bowl round the wicket and a couple of helpful fielders would offer to move the sightscreen and take the opportunity to swop balls. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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