Since India established itself as the driving force 20 years ago, cricket has become an exception to Western dominance of global sports.
Altering the condition of the match ball is against the rules of the sport, contrary to 'the spirit of cricket', and deemed to be 'unfair'. It is a form of cheating.
What can the International Cricket Council learn from FIFA and the IAAF? Plenty.
Cricket, which has aspirations to become a global game despite the limitations of its growth trajectory along the lines plotted by the old British Empire, may shrink back to a few strongholds.