International Council of Cricket’s Committee led by Anil Kumble has recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball. Team India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has responded to the recommendation, saying that it would be tough to get rid of the natural habit of using saliva.
The ongoing coronavirus has forced ICC to explore options to shine the ball because the natural substances are now the medium of transmission of the virus. There are endless debates on the banning of saliva because some cricket pundits believe that it would give an unfair advantage to batters. Some are against the use of artificial substances because it would enhance ball-tampering.
It is natural for me to put saliva: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin, who was going to play for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020, viewed that the players would have to practice without saliva because it is the only option to survive. However, he acknowledged that it would take some practise to adapt to new rules.
“I don’t know (when is) the next time I go out there. It is natural for me to put saliva. It’s going to take some practise (to not apply saliva). But I think, if we all have to co-exist, which is the DNA of human race, we will have to try and adapt to this.” the 71-Test veteran said in an Instagram live session with Delhi Capitals.
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Meanwhile, BCCI has agreed to tour South Africa to play three-match T20I series in August. Reportedly, the series was finalised through teleconference between Sourav Ganguly and Cricket South Africa’s CEO. It would be the first competitive series India would play since March. With both countries going under the lockdown period, governments would have to take majors to resume cricket.