The recent incident of Faf du Plessis tampering the ball in the Hobart test has created some controversy. However Du Plessis’ misdemeanor has opened Pandora’s box and there has been much discussion about the ball-tampering law.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell thinks that players should be given some sort of leniency when it comes to ball-tampering.
Ian Chappell said, “On the basis that “if you can’t beat them you might as well join them”, I proposed a few years ago that players should be allowed to do one thing that assisted them in swinging the ball.”
The Aussie great added, “Like wrist-spin, the swinging delivery is crucial to Test cricket’s viability as a competitive and entertaining sport. In both cases the bowler has to bowl a full length to encourage the batsman to drive.”
The esteemed commentator further stated, “And this often leads to one of two outcomes: it either brings about a classical shot for a boundary, or a misjudgment that prematurely ends an innings.”
The former batsman also said, “The risk-reward aspect of these two forms of bowling adds greatly to the anticipation and enjoyment of cricket fans. Both arts should be encouraged by selectors and law-makers.”
He then said, “With this in mind, I suggested that the law-makers should invite international captains to check with their players and then provide a list of things they felt enhanced swing bowling.”
The Australian orator also added, “Once these lists were submitted, the law-makers could then decide on one thing that enhanced swing bowling that could be made legal.”
He then said, “The fact that no opponent of du Plessis was enraged by his actions, and many were even supportive, suggests that, as has been inferred, “all teams are doing it””
The eldest Chappell brother further added, “Player using any other method of enhancement would face a ban, with severe consequences for straying.”
The great batsman also stated, “By compromising in this manner, the administrators would not only enhance the game but also simplify life for the officials at the ground and give the players an incentive to obey the law.”
He again stated, “By making one method of “preparing the ball” legal, there would also be less pressure on teams to try and outdo their opponents.”
The knowledgeable cricket analyst said, “There would also be less risk that one side would be caught while another got off Scot-free. The greatest success on the field would then be achieved by the most skillful swing bowlers.”
So, after the Faf fiasco, ICC seriously needs to rethink their strategy about ball-tampering. It is happening on a wide scale and ICC can’t stop it. They need to regulate this type of phenomena properly.