‘No saliva on Cricket ball’, suggest lee, Tendulkar

Brett Lee and Sachin Tendulkar have stepped up pressure for an alternative to saliva to be allowed for shining the cricket ball. The International Cricket Council order a temporary ban on using spit for shining as part of measures to get the sport restarted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Brett Lee and Sachin Tendulkar made statement

‘‘If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will handle the situation with some lenity during an initial period of adaptation for the players, but consecutive occurrence will result in the team receiving a warning,’’ the ICC said. Two warnings will issue a five-run penalty to the batting side. If saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean it before play recommences, although no details were provided as to how that would be done. In an online chat with Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, Lee said an alternative to saliva was required to maintain a fair contest between bat and ball, head to betway for complete conversation between two giants.

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Brief Conversation between Two Legends of Game

“Maybe try new stuff that they can use that everyone agrees on, that the batsmen are happy with, that the bowlers are happy with.” Tendulkar said playing in cold countries will lower the option of using sweat. “You are not going to sweat,” he said calling England, New Zealand, and Ireland.

“When I played for Yorkshire in 1992. I went there in the beginning of May and it was freezing. I can’t forget the game I played in Hove, I had five layers on me.” Australian ball manufacturer Kookaburra is developing a wax applicator to shine the ball, but the world body is hesitant to allow artificial aids. Lee, a two-time World Cup winner, said bowlers should be given some leeway by umpires, including getting “two or three warnings” about using saliva before action is taken. “Because I can guarantee you, if the players are told they can’t do it, they won’t do it on purpose but I think it will happen through that natural instinct.”

An almost demigod-like figure in cricket-crazy India, Tendulkar’s voice is particularly powerful but the game’s lawmakers are unlikely to budge. In another interim measure ratified, the ICC has permitted the use of coronavirus substitutes in Tests. Teams will be allowed to replace anyone suffering from coronavirus symptoms with a like-for-like replacement subject to the approval of the match referee. The concession only applies to Test matches and not for the shorter ODIs or T20Is formats.

To avoid perceptions of innate bias, there was supposed to be a requirement for neutral match umpires to officiate in all formats but this has been temporarily shelved due to the logistic challenges of international travel amid the pandemic. As such, teams will be given an additional umpire’s challenge via the Decision Review System. Currently, there are two reviews per innings in a Test match and one in the shorter formats.

The new playing regulations ensure there is no escaping the pandemic’s grim reality and cricketers will have to shelve its customary spitting on ball habit as the game, hopefully fleetingly, loses one of its intricate charms.

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