Due to the ongoing corona outbreak all over the world, ICC is forced to ban the usage of saliva on the ball, in the upcoming matches. The usage of sweat will still be a part of the game to maintain the shine of the ball. The Anil Kumble led ICC cricket committee recently said in a press release that it is very unlikely that the coronavirus will spread through sweat. So, there will be no ban on its usage.
“The ICC cricket committee, today recommended changes to ICC regulations to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus and protect the safety of the players and the match officials”, reads the press release from ICC. “The ICC cricket committee heard from the chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Peter Harcourt, regarding the elevated risk of the transmission of the virus through saliva and unanimously agreed to recommend that the usage of saliva to polish the ball be prohibited”, it added.
With these decisions of ICC, controversies have splurged among cricket gurus. Former Australian speed star, Brett Lee believes that the “no saliva rule” is a good move by ICC but it will be very hard to implement in actual matches. “When you have done something in your whole career from 8,9,10 years of age, where you lick your fingers and you put on the ball, it’s very hard to change that overnight too”. Brett Lee said in a cricket interview on a talk show. He also added, “I think there’s going to be a couple of occasions or there’s going to be some leniency I think from the ICC, where there maybe warnings. It is a great initiative but it’s going to be very hard to implement because cricketers have done this for their whole career.”
The proteus ex-captain, Fab Du Plessis also agreed with Lee. He said,” For the fielders, it’s the same. As Brett mentions, I am used to taking a bit of spit on my fingers, before I catch the ball at slip. If you look at someone like Ricky Ponting, he has a big spit on his hands every time he tries to catch the ball.” Read it here: https://cricketaddictor.com/cricket/faf-du-plessis-brett-lee-no-saliva-rule-hard-adapt/
With the doubts over the “No Saliva Rule” from ICC thrown by two ex legendary cricketers, undoubtedly it will become the next big topic to discuss in the upcoming cricket matches.