Wasim Jaffer, former Indian opener and domestic legend, has batted for the use of two new balls in Test match cricket.
The suggestion comes after the International Cricket Council’s decision of banning the usage of saliva on the cricket ball in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
Jaffer feels that the usage of two new balls will help balance the game between the bat and ball.
“I suggested that in a Test match you could use two new balls, that is one thing that can happen. Probably the curators can make a wicket which is even for both batsmen and bowlers, not too batting or bowling friendly,” Wasim Jaffer said during an Instagram Live session with his employers ‘Indian Oil’.
‘ICC will have to make sure that balance [between bat and ball] remains equal’- Wasim Jaffer
Ever since the ICC has banned the use of saliva on the cricket ball, former and current cricketers have been voicing their opinion against the same as the current practice will take away a fast bowlers’ ability to generate reverse-swing thus making it easier for the batsmen.
Wasim Jaffer said that the ICC will have to make sure that there remains a fair balance between the bat and the ball.
“The ICC has come up with a solution of not using the saliva, or things like that. For bowlers it is going to be hard to not use saliva, and not shine the ball. Then I think, it is going to be lot easier for batsmen. Again, ICC will have to make sure that the balance remains pretty equal for batsmen and bowlers and you don’t want to make it one-sided for anyone of them.” Wasiim Jaffer added.
The former Indian opener also reckoned that players will find it tough to adhere to all the rules laid down by the ICC with regards to the COVID-19 situation.
“While this pandemic is around, it is never going to be easy to predict on what is going to happen (regarding the game). It will be interesting. Cricket is not a very physical sport, but still in the dressing room, you sit very close, while you are going to field you make a huddle and the captain talks, gives you a motivating talk, it’s very hard to maintain that distance. At the end of an over, batsmen come close and chat together, it is hard to follow those things and remember all those things in an intense game.” Wasim Jaffer added.