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ICC Cricket Committee head Anil Kumble has stated that the pitches could be prepared in such a way that it helps maintain the balance between bat and ball. Cricket Committee recently recommended banning the usage of saliva in the Covid-19 era when the game will begin again. However, the committee has given a green light to the use of sweat.
The ban has drawn mixed reactions from former and current players. A lot of cricket pundits believe that the saliva ban will make the game in favor of the batsman. In fact, it is believed that the batsman already enjoys their wood on the bowlers in the current era.
Pitches can be made bowling friendly – Anil Kumble
However, Kumble said that the saliva ban was the need of the hour and the decision has been taken after discussion with the medical experts. Kumble feels that the pitches can be made in such a way that it offers help to the bowlers. In fact, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan had also recently come up with the same suggestion.
Anil Kumble added that the intention to kickstart the game once again. The former leg-spinner added the safety of the players and support staff is of utmost importance and the ICC can not afford to take any risks.
“Our intention was to start cricket. We can’t call it normal but then this is the new normal that all of us need to get used to,” Kumble said during a webinar organized by FICCI called Sporting Events: Embracing the New Normal.”
“Safety and security of players is a major concern and with that in mind, and based on medical advice we believe saliva could be the major contributor to carrying this disease.
“In cricket, you could manage the pitch in such a way that you could bring about a better balance between the bat and the ball. The idea was to kickstart cricket. There will be challenges and you have to go one game at a time,” added the 49-year old.
Anil Kumble believes the players will find it difficult to adjust to the new guidelines but they will have to get used to them as quickly as possible given the current health crisis.
Meanwhile, the saliva helps a bowler in keeping the shine on one side of the ball which eventually helps in swinging the ball. With saliva taken away, the bowlers will need something to cause trouble to the batsmen.
Many players believe that the ICC should come up with an alternative for saliva ban and making pitches as bowlers’ friendly is definitely one of the options.