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Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer believes that the bowlers will find the tougher job after the saliva ban has been imposed in international cricket. The 42-year-old has come with some suggestion to keep the balance between bat and ball.
Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee has recently proposed to ban using saliva on the balls but can continue using sweat on the balls during this pandemic. This rule can be effected in international cricket for temporarily.
Wasim Jaffer feels that the saliva ban will make the game easier for the batsmen and harder for the bowlers as it will affect the ball shining process.
During an Insta Chat with his employers ‘Indian Oil’, Jaffer said, “The ICC has come up with a solution of not using the saliva, or things like that. For bowlers it is going to be hard to not use saliva, and not shine the ball. Then I think, it is going to be lot easier for batsmen.”
Jaffer further added that the International Cricket Council (ICC) would have to make sure that the saliva ban couldn’t much hurt the balance between bat and ball.
Jaffer continued, “Again, ICC will have to make sure that the balance remains pretty equal for batsmen and bowlers and you don’t want to make it one-sided for anyone of them.”
I suggested that in Test match you could use two new balls: Wasim Jaffer
According to Jaffer, two new balls can be used in the Test match if the saliva ban happens. He also added that the pitch curators could play important roles in this situation by making the even pitches which could be helpful for both the batsmen and bowlers.
He claimed, “I suggested that in Test match you could use two new balls, that is one thing that can happen. Probably the curators can make a wicket which is even for both batsmen and bowlers, not too batting or bowling friendly.”
Talking about the new proposed rules, Jaffer feels that it will be tough for the players to follow these rules, especially during the competitive matches continuously. He pointed out the harder job to maintain social distancing during the process of the preparation and the game.
In his international career (2000-2008), Wasim Jaffer played 31 Tests, and two ODIs, where the right-handed batsman scored 1954 runs. He was a legendary cricketer in Indian domestic cricket, where he scored 19410 first-class runs (average 50.67), including the record Ranji Trophy score 12038 runs. In last March, Jaffer retired from all forms of cricket.