Due to coronavirus (Covid-19), there is debate over the use of artificial substances in place of saliva to make the ball shine in cricket. Australian cricketer David Warner has also joined it. They do not believe that there is a need to stop the use of saliva on the ball in the future.
They feel that more dangerous players have to share a dressing room and other things. Earlier, apart from Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding and Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis have also supported the use of saliva.
Given the risk of infection with coronaviruses, the issue of salivating balls was raised by Peter Harcourt, the head of the ICC Medical Committee. According to reports, in view of the possibility of infection, the use of artificial substances instead of saliva can be approved to shine the red ball.
‘No one has been sick yet with the use of saliva’
“You are sharing the dressing room and other things, which is more dangerous,” Warner told cricket.com au. In such a situation, I do not think it needs to be changed (using saliva). This has been going on for hundreds of years. I don’t even remember if anyone got sick from it.
The same thing is not necessary to spread the infection. I cannot say whether saliva should be used to shine the ball. It is for the ICC and the governing bodies to decide on this. ”
Sean Tat is not in favor of the use of saliva
At the same time, the views of former Australian fast bowler Sean Tait are completely opposite to Warner’s. He said, “Use of saliva is now an old thing. In such a situation, we should accept new changes. I am not in favor of using saliva to shine the ball. It’s not good at all. ”
Cricket should start only after the environment is corrected: Holding
Michael Holding said, “The ICC should start cricket only when the atmosphere is completely right, rather than facing such a situation.” According to the ICC, players have to be in isolation for 14 days before cricket starts.
After completing this period, the players will get into the field, then why can’t they use saliva. If someone’s health is questioned even after two weeks of separation, how will you play cricket in such a situation, it will mean that you are putting everyone in danger. ”
Use of artificial substances on the ball to start the game: Waqar
Waqar Younus told Cricinfo, “As a fast bowler, I would not accept it, because using saliva and sweat is a natural process.” It is like a habit you cannot control it.
You can give the bowler to apply outside. But it will not be possible to stop him from using saliva and sweat during the game. I think it is a pity to start such an idea game early. ”
Smith-Warner was banned for 1–1 year due to ball-tampering.
The Australian team, captained by Steve Smith in South Africa, suffered embarrassment in March 2018 due to ball-tampering. Many veterans, including former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, criticized the players for this.
Smith and David Warner were banned for 1 year after the incident at the Cape Town Test, while Cameron Bencraft was suspended for 9 months. All three players were found guilty of tampering with the ball using sandpaper.