File photograph of Sachin Tendulkar
The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic noticed loads of new guidelines being introduced into cricket. Be it bio-bubble restrictions, pre-series quarantine, or laws over a participant testing optimistic for the virus, nearly all Covid-19 guidelines have gone, however one nonetheless stays. The rule that’s nonetheless intact is the ban on the utilization of saliva. Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, therefore, has spoken in favour of the return of utilization of saliva on the ball, whereas admitting that the Worldwide Cricket Council’s resolution throughout Covid-19 was proper.
“I’m not a medical professional, however saliva on the ball ought to be again. It has occurred for over 100 years and nothing drastic has occurred. Sure, the choice was rightly taken in 2020, however that’s now behind us. Now, it’s one thing that ought to be thought of,” Tendulkar mentioned on India Today Conclave.
Tendulkar additionally touched upon the hygiene half ofthe concern, suggesting if placing the ball beneath the armpits (to use sweat) is okay, then there should not be any objection on saliva.
“In case you assume that’s unhygienic, I’ve seen guys placing the ball beneath their armpit. Saliva is essential when the ball is new. The feel of saliva is barely totally different to your sweat. You make one facet heavy and hold the opposite facet gentle… we do not contact the opposite facet of the ball gentle. The imbalance of the load helps you swing the ball,” he added.
A number of different ideas on the topic have additionally been made prior to now. For example, Australia pacer Pat Cummins had urged the ICC ought to enable the utilization of a man-made wax-like substance to shine the ball. Nevertheless, the apex physique paid no consideration to the suggestion.
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