Jimmy Neesham : Legalizing ball-tampering could make Test cricket more interesting

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Jimmy Neesham : Legalizing ball-tampering could make Test cricket more interesting

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New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who is recovering from a rib injury, has stirred up a bit of controversy by stating that he wants ball-tampering to be made legal. The 26-year-old felt that ball-tampering, if made legal, could make Test cricket more interesting in the 'tedious' session.

"I would quite like to see what would happen if there were no rules on ball-tampering. If you could just do whatever you wanted to the ball. That would probably make Test cricket more interesting. It could make more tedious sessions more exciting with the ball reversing more," Neesham said in an exclusive interview with ESPNcricinfo.

The Kiwi all-rounder, who has been ruled out of the first Test between New Zealand and India due to a rib injury he suffered in practice, has made a name for himself for his uninhibited tweets on Twitter. When asked why he chooses to be so 'unfiltered', he said, “I don't really see the point of filtering things too much. There are times when your opinion is not popular and you have to tone down a little bit. But I think the more you are yourself, the easier it is to get on with daily life.”

He has also picked former Indian opener Virender Sehwag as the second-best cricketer to follow on Twitter.

“A lot of people tweet me saying Virender Sehwag is quite good, but a lot of his stuff I can't understand because it's not in English. A lot of Indians tell me I am the second funniest behind him,” he added.

The 26-year-old has said that AB de Villiers is one cricketer he would pay to watch from the stands.

“I will pay to watch AB de Villiers. You don't really pay to watch a lot of international cricketers if you are an international cricketer because it is a little hard to go in the stands and watch with the members of the public. It can get a little inconvenient, for obvious reasons,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

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