- It's within the rules of the game
- It's a penalty for batsmen who get an unfair advantage (even slight) by backing up too much
- The game is batsmen-favored already - wouldn't this add an interesting element to the game?
Why is it against the spirit of the game when a batsman standing his ground after edging a ball is considered fair play?
If anything, umpires should stop asking the fielding captain the question once a batsman is mankadded - if it's out, it's out.