When is ball-tampering ‘ok’?

Notwithstanding the sense of schadenfreude experienced by some cricket players and supporters outside of Australia by the resurrection of the Newlands ‘Sandpapergate’ fiasco of three years ago, there is something ‘else’ needed to explain just why the ball-tampering scandal elicits such strong emotions within the game. Something is missing and it both intrigues and frustrates me. What, exactly, was it about that episode which made it so different to other incidents of ball-tampering?

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