Pakistan Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas feels that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has to find an alternative to saliva after the coronavirus pandemic led to the ban of the centuries-old ball-shining method.
The ICC Cricket Committee headed by Anil Kumble suggested a ban on the use of saliva in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus. ICC also confirmed the new ruling in its guidelines for the resumption of cricket.
“I am used to applying saliva on the ball for shine, it would be difficult to leave. I am confident that the ICC will definitely provide an alternative,” Abbas said.
“Bowler is incomplete if he doesn’t shine the ball and the game of cricket will be totally different because of the restrictions,” he added.
Abbas went on to say that bowlers and fielders will have to remind themselves, time and time again from now on, to take precautionary measures during matches.
“I often forget during the sessions not to shine the ball. The style of celebrating after taking a wicket will also change,” he said.
“If county cricket was going on, it would have benefited me and the team. I got to play there and got the benefit before the series against England in 2018,” he added.
It is to be known that Pakistan are set to tour England in August for 3 Tests and as many T20Is. The PCB is yet to confirm a ‘bio-secure’ tour of England. A delegation of 25 players will fly to England for the much-awaited tour.