International Cricket Council has banned putting saliva on the ball due to coronavirus outbreak. Bowlers are not happy with this decision as only the batsmen will get benefitted from it. As the bowl will lose the swing it will be easier for the batsman to hit the ball.
Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also not happy with this decision and has asked for some alternative. Before him, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Yuzvendra Chahal have also raised this topic.
According to the new rules, every team will get 2 warnings in each inning and if the team repeats the same for the third time 5 extra runs will be added to the batting teams run tally.
Even the spinners need it: Bhuvneshwar
Kumar is the fourth person to address this issue in a webinar organized by GainAccess Sports & Entertainment and Sportz Power he said, “I hope the ICC comes up with some artificial way by which we can shine the ball. You need to do it when you bowl in swinging conditions in (places like) England. Even the spinners need it.”
I feel there should be an alternative: Bumrah
Indian fast bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah says that an alternative is needed. In an ICC video chat with the former West Indies pace bowler Ian Bishop and the ex-captain of South Africa, Shaun Pollock Bumrah said, “I was not much of a hugger anyway, and not a high-five person as well, so that doesn’t trouble me a lot. The only thing that interests me is the saliva bit.”
He added, “I don’t know what guidelines we have to follow when we come back, but I feel there should be an alternative. If the ball is not well maintained, it’s difficult for the bowlers. The grounds are getting shorter and shorter, the wickets are becoming flatter and flatter. So we need something.”