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Former South African all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Lance Klusener has suggested that wax can be used in limited quantity during the Covid-19 era. ICC Cricket Committee headed by Anil Kumble had recently recommended a ban on saliva after consulting with the medical experts. Subsequently, the ICC Cricket Executive Committee decided to approve the saliva ban on interim measures in the ongoing health crisis.
Meanwhile, many cricket pundits have opposed the saliva ban and they think the ICC should come with an alternative which will help the bowlers in keeping the shine on the ball. The current, as well as former players, have come up with different kinds of suggestions.
Lance Klusener backs wax to replace saliva
Klusener, who was known for his attacking batting, feels wax can help maintain the shine on the ball.
“They could perhaps use wax in limited quantity. The captain of the fielding team gets to keep it. After 80 overs of play, they get a new one while the old one is handed back to the umpire,” Klusener told Times of India.
“I have no problem with saliva being banned by the ICC. Coronavirus is passed through saliva, so that makes sense. However, I would like to see a certain amount of a specific substance provided by the ball manufacturers (say 10ml for example) to the team captain which he can use at this discretion for 80 overs. After that it can be replaced with a newer one.”
Meanwhile, it is going to be hard for the players to get used to the new law as they have been using saliva throughout their careers.
ICC is going to be lenient in the initial phase as the umpires will give two warnings to the fielding team if saliva is used. Five penalty runs will be awarded on the third occasion and the ball will be disinfected if the saliva is used by a player.
“It is a habit. Players will have to adapt to the new normal. Mistakes will be made by them at first but over a period of time they will get used to it.” Klusener said.
Meanwhile, former Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has also suggested the use of wax. Some players have suggested that two new balls can be used or the pitches can be made bowler’s friendly.