Kumar Sangakkara, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President, said cricket is a team game and it will be interesting to see how players deal with new ICC guidelines, which the apex body had issued a few weeks ago.
The former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman participated on a Star Sports chat show Cricket Connected where he talked about the “ICC back to Cricket” guidelines.
He said it would be difficult for bowlers to comply with them with so much ease.
Cricket is a social game
The former Sri Lankan Captain said shining the ball using saliva is an instinctive thing players have done over so many years and it will be interesting to see players dealing with the saliva ban.
“For fast bowlers or spinners, shining the ball, is an instinctive thing, they have done it over so many years since they were kids,” Sangakkara said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
He also added that being a social game, it won’t easy for players to adhere to ICC advisory.
“Cricket is a social game, most of the time you spend in the dressing room you talk, you chat.
This will be a very clinical thing, you come ready to play, no warmups, you do everything right and you go home. So, it will be interesting to see how the players deal with that.”
Sweat over saliva won’t be that effective
Fast bowlers across the world have been urging ICC to bring an alternative in place since allowing sweat isn’t enough for bowlers. From current lot of bowers to former experts of the game, everyone feels the need of a quick fix solution to keep the game alive for bowlers.
Recently, Sri Lanka cricket players spoke with the coach after they resumed their training at CCC, Colombo and informed him about the issues they are facing while using sweat and not saliva.
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