Finally, the game of cricket is going to resume in countries like England and Australia. Earlier, ECB has proposed to host Test and T20I series against Pakistan while now Cricket Australia is ready to resume club cricket. Australia will first-time witness cricket matches since March when the coronavirus hit globally.
The Darwin and District Cricket Competition, a T20 tournament, will start from June 6. The domestic tournament will be played under the safety guidelines set by Cricket Australia. The players will not be allowed to use saliva or sweat to shine the ball. Darwin Cricket Management (DCM) group is discovering different options to replace the natural substances that can widely spread the virus.
DCM chairman Lachlan Baird on Cricket Australia:
“The ICC is working really closely with all the cricket bodies around the world in terms of finding new ways,” DCM chair Lachlan Baird told ABC Grandstand.
“We’re confident we will have clear guidelines from CA with what is and isn’t going to be allowed.”
The artificial substances which are being taken into considerations for using on the ball are vaseline, sandpaper, bottle cap, wax, and many more. However, their usage is still illegal because ICC has not passed any law on it.
“Some consideration is now being given to whether things like that wax applicator will become part of cricket’s new normal. And whether it will move a way from the ball being shined a dark mysterious art that happens in the outfield to a more formalized process that happens with the umpires being involved.”
The use of artificial substances has become a whole debatable topic in the cricket industry. Some are against while some have agreed there use because it would be a far safer and hygienic process amid the coronavirus pandemic.