The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering banning saliva on the balls but continuing with the sweat on the balls. While many have doubted whether it will help the bowlers enough or not, Javagal Srinath, the former Indian fast-bowler and present ICC match referee, feels that sweat is a good alternative for saliva.
Coronavirus has forced to postpone the recognised cricket matches since the middle of last March. While the world is now focusing on returning to life, the ICC is also thinking of resuming the game safely.
There are surely many special guidelines are coming to handle the ongoing pandemic. To stop the spread of coronavirus, while we are going to miss the on-field spectators, using saliva on the ball is also going to be banned.
Bowlers use saliva and sweat to shine the ball which helps them to challenge the batsmen even after the ball gets older. But considering the present situation, the ICC is going to ban the saliva. However, the bowlers still can use sweat on the ball as it can’t play the roles to spread the virus.
Sweat will have a more role to play than the saliva in the near future: Javagal Srinath
Many have doubted about the new proposals from the ICC. However, Javagal Srinath believes that the bowlers will still be useful due to using sweat on the balls.
According to The New Indian Express, Srinath said, “I think sweat is a good alternative for saliva. In fact, we use more sweat than saliva, so I think it should not really matter.”
Srinath also pointed out the major issue in the present time which could be the habit to put the hands into the mouth. The 50-year-old former Indian fast bowler believes that sweat will now play a bigger role in cricket.
Srinath added, “I think it is a habit to put your hand into your mouth and start rubbing the ball, that would have to be contained now given the fresh guidelines. Sweat was always allowed and it will have a more role to play than the saliva in the near future.”
The former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the present chief of the ICC Cricket Committee, which has brought out the proposal to the ICC to ban saliva but continue with sweat. However, Kumble also feels that it is going to be difficult for the bowlers to maintain success by only using sweat.