The young Australian batsman, Marnus Labuschagne reckons that the cricketers will need to adapt significantly once cricket resumes after the lockdown. Currently, all sporting events around the world have either been suspended or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ICC is thinking of banning the use of saliva/sweat on the cricket ball as an aftermath of COVID-19.
During a recent chat with Sydney Herald, “The objective for everyone is to get back on the field, so whatever sacrifices or slight tweaks in the game that need to be made … for us as players, it’s about being adaptable and being able to abide by those new laws, if that is the case. When you’re on the field it’s so natural if you’re one of the ball shiners to get the ball and put a little bit of saliva on your finger and try to buff out some of the rough areas of the ball.”
Shining the ball plays a major role for the pacers, who try to extract some swing from the bowl. As the game starts swaying in favor of batsmen by each passing day, bowlers have to try everything possible to trouble the batsmen.
Earlier this year, even India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was skeptical of using saliva on the ball ahead of the ODI series against South Africa.
During the pre-series press conference, Bhuvneshwar had said, “We are taking every precaution we can. We have a team of doctors with us, who are advising us on dos and don’ts. We have a meeting with our doctors. If they advise us to not use saliva on the ball, then we will follow it. So, it all depends upon the instructions given by the doctor.”
Right now, no sport is being played as all top tournaments like IPL, Premier League, LA Liga have been suspended and there is no certain answer as to when all these competitions will resume. The World Health Organisation had termed coronavirus as a ”pandemic” on March 11.