Former Indian speedster Ajit Agarkar has come up with a brand-new viewpoint on the use of saliva to shine the ball. The cricketing world after COVID-19 will temporarily witness the usage of spit on the cherry to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading. The ICC imposed this rule recently and will be in effect from the upcoming Test series between England and West Indies.
The ICC Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble, proposed the idea, which was taken positively by the ICC as well. Several former and current cricketers have expressed grievances over the same as the game, which already is tilted in the batsman’s favour might further do. While using sweat is still permitted, it remains to be seen if perspiration can produce the same amount of swing and movement that saliva does.
According to Ajit Agarkar, players can be allowed to use saliva if they are tested negative for COVID-19 before the game. Agarkar expressed this particular opinion; however, at the same time agreed that a medical professional’s advice would be more helpful.
“My only contention is that players who will play, will eventually be tested before the game starts. If they are found to be COVID-19 negative then I can at least consider that it will be then safe to put saliva on the ball. This is my opinion and probably someone from the medical field can give us a broader view on the subject.” Agarkar stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
It’s not going to be easy for the bowlers. But we will have to wait: Ajit Agarkar
The 42-year old went on to agree with ICC’s measure to prohibit the use of saliva under current circumstances. The Mumbai speedster feels that it would not be easy-going for the bowlers; however, one would have to wait how the Tests between England and West Indies pans out.
“Obviously, they have taken a safe approach and in current situation it is understandable. But we will have to wait and see once England series is underway. It’s not going to be easy for the bowlers. But we will have to wait.” the Mumbai paceman Ajit Agarkar added.