COVID-19 effect: Legalisation of ball-tampering could be considered, says report

The utilization of synthetic substances to shine the cricket ball, which successfully means ball-tampering, could be thought of for legalisation when the sport resumes after the COVID-19 pandemic that has made bowlers cautious of making use of saliva on the ball.

‘ESPNcricinfo’ reported that directors are “open to the option of allowing for the use of an agreed artificial substance to polish the ball under the supervision of the umpires”, which quantities to ball-tampering as per the present guidelines governing the game.

However, an ICC CEC member, who PTI spoke with, refused to say whether or not such a dialogue will occur and solely revealed that “saliva on the ball is something they will consider but at a later date when it looks like we will have a return to cricket.”

The matter of saliva being unsafe was raised by the ICC’s medical committee and it will be addressed earlier than cricket resumes. All sports activities actions have come to a halt after the coronavirus outbreak.

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Shining the ball is an integral half of Test cricket because it helps the bowlers swing the ball, each standard and reverse.

If the transfer will get the go forward, it will be fairly ironic for the sport’s directors after the 2018 ball-tampering controversy which led to one-year bans on Steve Smith and David Warner for conspiring to make use of sandpaper to change the ball.

Following the chief executives assembly of the ICC on Thursday, its medical committee, headed by Peter Harcourt, had issued an replace.

“Our subsequent step is to create a roadmap for the resumption of worldwide cricket which is able to embody a standards for choice making and a guidelines for what must occur.

“This will consider everything from player preparation to government restrictions and advisories and bio-bubbles. The scale and complexity of getting cricket started again cannot be underestimated particularly with respect to a global event,” Harcourt mentioned.

Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood lately mentioned that Test cricket will turn into tougher if the bowlers didn’t have sufficient means to maneuver the ball.

“I think the white ball would be fine, (but) Test cricket would be very hard. Bowlers rely on any sort of sideways movement in the air,” mentioned Hazlewood.

“If you didn’t keep the ball in any respect for 80 overs it will be fairly simple to bat after that preliminary shine has gone. Whether you employ saliva or sweat, perhaps one individual can do it.

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad helps the thought of not utilizing saliva on the ball.

“When the action resumes, they should use only sweat for some time as safety of the players is paramount,” former pacer Prasad, who performed 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for India, instructed PTI.

However, he reckons it’s going to be powerful for the bowlers to cease all of a sudden.

“When you might be within the thick of issues, you are inclined to neglect it. You should get the higher hand over the batsmen as you may’t use the rest in addition to sweat and saliva.

“The question is what do you do when the batsman is pulping you? You need to swing the ball and what helps swing the ball is the aerodynamics,” the 50-year-old defined.

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