The West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase, who is currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) for the St Lucia Zouks franchise, has said that the new safety norms will never affect the basic of the games amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The significant change done in the cricket rule is the prohibition of the use of saliva on the ball. International Cricket Council (ICC) had introduced this rule to curb the spread of the virus. But many cricket experts were against this move, saying that the bowlers will be at a disadvantage because they need some assistance to shine the ball.
However, since the new rule has been implemented, two international Test series have been played and bowlers haven’t complained much about the saliva ban. The spinner Roston Chase also believes that the ban on usage of saliva won’t change the ‘basics of the game’.
“Yes, the use of saliva to shine the ball is prohibited [now] but I feel the basics of the game of cricket will never change,” he said confidently while speaking to Indiatoday.in.
Roston Chase on playing behind closed doors:
Speaking about playing with no fans in the stadium, Roston Chase said that playing in front of a crowd — is always a good feeling but nothing can be done because of the prevailing situation. However, he hopes that next year, they would play with spectators in the stadium.
“It’s always good to have the crowds to play in front of, but with the circumstances that are on right now, I think the guys have to be lenient, playing with just two teams, and support staff.
“Hopefully the next year or whenever we come back to play we can have the crowds. We know all the people in the Caribbean will be locked on, watching on TV this year.”
Meanwhile, Roston Chase is having a decent CPL. He is the highest run-scorer for his team in the seven matches so far, with 170 runs at an average of 34 and has two half-centuries to his name.