There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has created much havoc in the world of sports. Many sports around the world have introduced new laws, for the safety and security of the people involved in every game. One of the sports is Cricket. An obstacle has come on the use of saliva, which has become an age-old tool for fast bowlers to swing the ball. And this ban is currently brought in to effect on the match tests between the West Indies and England.
The use of saliva for bringing shine on the ball has become so common practice that the hygiene threat it presents does not appear to ever call into question – primarily due to COVID-19. Ultimately, the magnitude of this in every game encourages kids to do likewise with the tape tennis ball.
Though, we all are aware that, no shine on tape tennis can help. But it reflects a tendency when it comes to saliva so that one side of the ball remains shiny.
The logic is quite simple: rub one side of the ball with the saliva and retain the shine that allows the ball to swing. But it is now quite difficult to decipher this protocol with both the shadow of COVID-19 trailing us like a sticker.
The cricketers handle the cricket-ball with several polishes of saliva. It is for one section of the bowler at the non-striking end of the pitch. The keeper behind the wickets produces swerve in the next delivery. While the method is certainly unsafe in the gentleman’s game, the advantages for the pacers were worth it.
Bowlers retrain to let go of the practices of wetting their palms, and seamers will shrink the ball in a variety of ways. Take a look below:
Lungi Ngidi, South African speedster, had an interesting idea recently, to use a damp towel to conduct the shining work. Players can devise a game plan to swing the ball. Perhaps the safest thing is a damp towel, but somehow you have to find one that can shine.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, human life is evolving, which will also bring about some new developments in cricket sports. The icons of speed bowler using these alternatives to their full effect, although there are some adverse views on the saliva ban.
The ICC did not give a red signal to the sweat to shine the ball, although it was forbidden to use saliva. It is highly unlikely that the sweat virus will spread, and no sweat should be prohibited from polishing the ball. For the old form of a sparkling ball, sweat is a highly successful substitute.
With wet climates like India and Australia, the use of sweat can prove extremely useful with cricketers. Wiping away transpiration from the forehead combined with sunscreen is a safe way forward for pacers. Whereas in dry and winter weather this approach may not be so effective, there is another way to accomplish the job.