From the last couple of months, the World has been living under the fear of COVID-19 virus. Because of the deadly virus, Sports events the world over have either been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Till now the doctors and medical teams World over have failed to make an antidote of the deadly virus but the plasma therapy has brought a ray of light in these dark times.
With a hope of improved situations in near future, the International Cricket Council (ICC) have also started to assess the conditions and develop a bio-secure environment to protect the players from deadly virus. It is also expected that ICC might ban some of the things that causes spread of deadly virus, use of Saliva to maintain the shine of the ball is one of them.
Use of Saliva or Sweat is common in cricket, bowlers often use both to maintain the shine and aid reverse swing in the later stages of the match. If ICC bans the use of Saliva, this will be a cruel thing from a bowler’s perspective and bowlers the world over have reacted strongly to that.
Indian Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, in a recent interview on Sports Tak, also reacted heavily to the proposal as he took a hilarious dig at ICC. “It will have an impact on drift and swing on the ball. So, in the end, it will become easier for batsmen. So another rule should be added then that if a batsman hits a six then he himself will have to bring back the ball,” Chahal said.
Previously, Pakistan legend and one of the best swing bowlers, Waqar Younis had also echoed the same thing. “As a fast bowler, I reject this because this (using saliva and sweat) is a natural process. A ball exchanges hands all day, you run in, huffing and puffing, you sweat and using saliva is natural rather than on intent. It’s a habit and you just can’t control this aspect,” Waqar had said.