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India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun has supported the use of artificial substances on the ball amid the global pandemic. Earlier this month, the ICC committee led by Anil Kumble recommended banning the use of saliva on the ball as it could spread the virus while sweat was not considered for banning. However, ICC has not taken any particular call, but many former and current cricketers have kept their opinion.
Bharat Arun, who was appointed as Team India’s bowling coach in 2017, is in favour of the “No Saliva No Sweat” policy. He added that there would be no harm to use the external substances provided that all the teams use it fairly. He further acknowledged that it would be difficult for players to get rid of the habit of using saliva, but through a practice session, they could be taught.
Use of saliva will be a very difficult habit: Bharat Arun
“As far as the use of the external substance is concerned, as long as it is same and uniform for all the teams, why not try it,” Arun told PTI.
“Use of saliva will be a very difficult habit to get over but we will make a conscious effort during our training and practice sessions to get rid of this habit,” Bharat Arun added.
Pros and Cons of using artificial substances:
The natural substances, saliva and sweat, are used to shine the ball. It mainly helps the pacers to swing or reverse swing the ball while spinner gets help to drift the ball. But after the outbreak of the COVID-19, these natural substances have become a carrier of the deadly virus. So, for the protection of the players, ICC would have to find a third option to help the bowlers.
In this regard, the artificial substances vaseline, sandpaper, bottle cap or other materials could be used as the replacement. However, cricket pundits have disagreed with using them because in the future it would enhance ball-tampering. Thus, the ongoing coronavirus has put forward a big debate which would inevitably affect the cricket rules.