Entire cricket fraternity seems to be divided over the ‘possible saliva ban’ after return of the game. Pat Cummins too joined the debate lately when he spoke against the saliva ban issue on a video blog for his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.
Cummins in the blog, said practice of shining the ball with sweat and saliva shouldn’t be banned in any form of competition, be it first class cricket or Test cricket at international level.
In a recent development, the Australian Institute of Sport’s framework has decided to ban shining of the ball with Sweat/Saliva during the training.
Sport shouldn’t be played if things are not in favor
The top ranked bowler in Test cricket said that the game shouldn’t be resumed if there is a risk of transmission of the contagious disease.
“I’m thinking that if we’re in a position where we’re really worried about passing on the coronavirus, if we’re going to be that careful that we can’t shine the ball, we can’t get close (to teammates), we can’t play the game as we normally would be, I don’t think we’d be playing in the first place,” said Pat Cummins.
He further admitted that the things will be going to change in all sports and it won’t be same as it used to be. Even though, banning the practice of shining the ball with sweat and saliva fully is not justifiable and I want authorities to come with another option.
He echoed the fellow Australian David Warner, who a few days ago, had advocated that the traditional practice of shining the ball should be continued.
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