Former South African speedster Morne Morkel is the latest cricketer to opine on the effect of saliva ban on the post-COVID-19 world. The moratorium on applying spit on the ball to shine it has created an uproar amongst cricketing experts, who believe that the balance between bat and ball will further be reduced. As far as Morne Morkel is concerned, he thinks otherwise.
The ICC Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble recommended a temporary prohibition on the usage of saliva due to the global health crisis. Droplets of saliva is subject to spread the disease easily and quickly. While the ICC hasn’t permitted the use of external substances, it still allows sweat to shine the ball. Top-notch bowlers like Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah have already voiced their opinions on having an alternative.
But Morne Morkel remains entirely confident that they can work their way to dominate the batsmen in their own manner. The towering former Proteas quick believes that the situation is being overemphasised and that if bowlers bowl well in partnerships and have patience, they can pick wickets. The 35-year old believes that bowlers will acclimatise to the conditions and make the ball talk with their outstanding skills.
“Before we get to the bowlers, I think the biggest challenge will be on field. Old habits die hard and to constantly remind players not to use saliva is going to take someone who is very switched on during the game. Most of the bowlers nowadays have fantastic skill and are very consistent and I’m sure they will find a new way to make the ball talk. I personally don’t think we have to over-think this. Pitches have been good for years and bowling attacks which can create pressure and bowl well in partnerships will always pick up wickets.” Morkel said as quoted by Sportstar
“We are nothing without our fans and supporters” : Morne Morkel
The 86-Test veteran hailed the fans and said that players are nothing without them. With the earliest games after the virus subsides to take place behind closed doors, Morkel feels that when fans are allowed into the stadium, the supporters will start overflowing.
“We are nothing without our fans and supporters. Personally, watching a game live is the best way to learn and it also kick-starts the dream in future generations to play at the highest level. Hopefully, when life returns to normal, the supporters will have a real hunger for the game again and support will be strong.” he added.