Cricketers will still have danger of contamination, says Gambhir
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir doesn’t think that major changes should have brought in the way cricket is played after COVID-19 scenario. He says that ban on using saliva on the ball will not lessen the risk of contamination.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering for the legalization of ball tempering (use of artificial substances to shine the ball). They are planning to legalize ball tempering as an alternative of saliva and sweat use on the ball.
The former opener said,
“I don’t think a lot of rules and regulations will be changed, you can probably have an alternate for the usage of saliva apart from that I don’t think so many changes will happen.”
“Players and everyone else need to live with this virus; probably they have to get used to it that there is a virus and that it will be around. Players might end up catching it, and you got to live with it. Though social distancing is possible in cricket to a certain extent, other sports will find it tougher when sporting action resumes,” Gambhir added.
“Social distancing and other rules may not be easy for any sport to maintain. You can still manage to do it with cricket, but how will you do it in football, hockey and other sports as well. So, I think you just have to live with it, probably the sooner you accept it, the better it is,” Gambhir said.
As the lethal effect of Coronavirus outbreak is still out of hand therefore it may cost more lives by unconscious measures. To prevent Covid-19 contamination cricket authorities are laying importance on the safety of the players and as well as to return cricket at its normal pace as soon as possible.