India Bowling Coach Bharat Arun Opines On The Use Of Artificial Substances To Shine The Ball Amid Saliva Ban
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India Bowling Coach Bharat Arun Opines On The Use Of Artificial Substances To Shine The Ball Amid Saliva Ban

Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun (Credits - BCCI)

Indian bowling coach Arun Bharat has opened up on the predicaments of saliva ban, which dents the balance between bat and ball. The post-COVID-19 world in cricket entails prohibition on using saliva to shine the ball to gain swing and some movement to trouble the batsmen.

And, it is one of the hottest topics trending at a time when all the cricketing events have come to a halt.

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The global health crisis has forced the Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee to place a moratorium on banning the saliva as part of health safety protocol even as it is only temporary. In a game, which is skewed to the batsmen’s favour, the gaps might further be widened with saliva being prohibited without any allowances for artificial substances.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli shining the ball (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

Earlier, Australian speedster Pat Cummins also expressed concerns regarding the same, but was relieved knowing sweat was intact. Cummins believes that having sweat isn’t bad; however, the ideal scenario is to consider having the possibility of artificial substances open.

As long as it is same and uniform for all teams, why not try it: Bharat Arun

Bharat Arun
Bharat Arun and Mohammed Shami. Credit: BCCI

But Bharat Arun entirely supports the influx of external substances, provided it is the same and uniform for all the teams. He understands that the use of saliva would be challenging to get rid of but promised that they would make efforts during their training drills to leave it behind.

“As far as external susbtances is concerned, as long as it is same and uniform for all the teams, why not try it. Use of saliva will be a very difficult habit to get over but we will make a conscious effort during our training and practice sessions to get rid of this habit.” Bharat Arun said as quoted by Times of India.

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