Australia Cummins wants artificial substance to shine ball
SYDNEY: Australia quick Pat Cummins wants cricket’s lawmakers to approve the use of an artificial substance to shine the ball after a ban on the use of saliva was recommended in the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee has recommended the ban on the use of spit when the sport returns after the coronavirus shutdown because of fears it could lead to the spread of COVID-19.
Cricketers have long used saliva and sweat to shine one side of the ball, altering the aerodynamics in an attempt to generate movement in the air as it flies towards the batsman.
“If we remove saliva, we have to have another option,” Cummins told the cricket.com.au website https://www.cricket.com.au/news/patrick-cummins-saliva-ball-icc-ban-swing-seam-sweat-australia-covid-19-coronavirus/2020-05-20. – Reuters