Kookabura, Australian manufacturers have developed a unique wax formula to polish a cricket ball as an alternative to sweat or saliva. The development comes after the global governing council’s medical committee raised its concern about using saliva to polish the ball to be addressed before the season resumes, following the novel coronavirus pandemic. The council is thus considering to allow the usage of artificial substances like vaseline to polish the red-ball under umpire’s supervision in the longest format, according to a report in espncricinfo.
Ball-tampering, would be leaglised, keeping in mind the health and safety of players and all the support staffs. Considering the ball — Dukes, SG or Kookabura — the artificial substance would also vary. It is reported that the ICC and MCC committee will discuss and take a stand on the legalisation of ball-tampering over video-conference by May end or the beginning of June.
Kookabura has developed a product to replace the traditional methods: Brett Elliott
Kookabura has developed a unique wax formula to replace saliva or sweat for polishing a cricket ball. The manufacturers’ research and development centre in Australia has been working on developing the product to to replace the traditional methods.
Kookabura has developed a pocket size pocket size sponge applicator which would enable umpires or players to apply a thin layer of wax which could then be rubbed and polished in a traditional manner to enhance the shine on the ball.
“Kookaburra’s research and development centre in Australia has been working on a product to replace the traditional methods of polishing a ball that could be controlled and managed by the match umpire. We have developed a unique wax formula for polishing a cricket ball,” Brett Elliott, group managing director of the brand, told the PA news agency.
“The pocket size sponge applicator would enable umpires or players to apply a thin layer of wax which could then be rubbed and polished in a traditional manner to enhance the shine on the ball.”
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra had said that they think saliva or sweat cannot be completely eradicated from the game otherwise the ball will not swing.