posted on Mar, 28 2018 @ 08:32 AM
a reply to: alldaylong
I used to play cricket a bit when I was a nipper.
I cannot say that I follow the game on television anymore, since there will always be better things to do in life than watching other people have
fun. But in all the time I have known the game, I have never known a player to tamper with the ball using sandpaper, so this is the first I have heard
of such a practice being used. Its also known that fingernails, a bottle cap in the pocket, anything that might abrade the surface of one half of the
ball, will affect its trajectory as a result of the difference in smoothness on one side of the ball. This difference creates more drag on one side of
the ball than the other, more resistance through the air, which causes the ball to appear to change direction in flight.
But this effect is possible to pull off quite handily, without using illegal methods to tamper with the ball. One of the questions which is often
asked by people unfamiliar with the game, is why bowlers will often rub the ball against themselves. This is done by a bowler looking to impart swing
to the balls trajectory. Just making one side of the ball drier and cleaner, by rubbing it on ones trousers, is enough for a skilled bowler, because a
skilled bowler can exploit even the slightest differential, whether it is the condition of the ball, the condition of the pitch, or the specific
weakness of the batsman he is bowling at. Rubbing the ball against ones clothes is not in the least a suspicious act, its a recognised part of the
game, and does no damage to the ball whatsoever. But deliberately damaging the ball, speeding up the wear process by way of nefarious items, hidden
about ones person, is an utterly ungentlemanly, unsporting, and entirely unacceptable violation of not only the rules of the game, but also an
indicator of weak character, in my opinion.
I think the players involved in this scandal need to remember that there is only one good reason to play cricket. It is not to win, it is not to
become famous, or maintain a level of fame. It is not to heap glory about oneself, or get one over on an old rival. The primary, the only good reason
to play the game is that you love doing it. If everyone thought that way about it, no one would want to cheat, because it would cheapen the experience
for them, as well as everyone else.