Kookaburra develops a wax applicator as an alternative to cricket ball polishing in the post-COVID-19 world

MELBOURNE: Australian manufacturer Kookaburra He'll soon be ready with a wax applicator as an alternative to saliva and sweat to help bowlers shine the cricket balls on the pole COVID-19 world.

It is speculated that the use of saliva to make the ball shine will stop to reduce the risk of a highly contagious infection with reports suggesting that the ICC he is considering allowing the use of artificial substances to polish the ball under the supervision of the officials.

Responding to the extraordinary situation, Kookaburra started developing a wax applicator, which could be ready in a month's time.

Kookaburra 's research and development center in Australia has been working on a product to replace the traditional methods of polishing a ball that could be controlled and managed by the match umpire. We have developed a unique wax formula for polishing a cricket ball, Brett Elliott, group managing director of the brand, told the PA news agency.

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thepocketspongeapplicatorwouldallowumpiresorplayerstoapplyathinlayerofwaxthatcouldthenberubbedandpolishedinatraditionalwaytoimprovetheshineoftheball.

followingtheguidelinessetbytheaustralianinstituteofsport(ais),australiahasalreadyrestrictedtheuseofsalivaandsweat.

elliottishopefulthattheywillbeabletodelivertheproductwithinamontheventhoughmatchingtestscanonlybedonewhentheglobalhealthcrisissubsides.

thiscouldbeavailablewithinamonth,howeveritneedstobetestedundermatchconditionsastheabilitytocompleteactualtestmatchesatthistimeisinhibited,hesaid.

itmaynotbesomethingweneedtodoforever,itisdesignedtotakebackcricketandgiveadministratorstimetomakedecisions.noonewascallinghim12monthsago,soperhapsitismoreofaprovisionalmeasure.

elliottsaidthathiscompanyensuredthatthebalancebetweenthevariousdisciplinesofthegameisnotaffectedbythisnewproduct.

itisimportantthatachangeintheballpolishingmethoddoesnotfavoronebowlingdisciplineoveranother; The beauty of cricket is that it encourages teams to use a variety of bowling skills and it would be a shame to lose any of them. Elliott said.

The ultimate goal and challenge facing manufacturers and administrators is to ensure that the balance between bat and ball is maintained.

The issue of legalizing ball manipulation has led to divided opinions with the West Indies beat, Michael Holding, saying it is a bit contradictory, while South African legend Allan Donald is open to the idea.

Among others, great hitting Sachin Tendulkar said players will be wary of using saliva to make the ball shine, while the Pakistani legend Waqar Younis , former pacer from India Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh roulette have supported the use of saliva.

Australian star starter David Warner also sees no need to abolish the use of saliva to make the ball shine as he feels it is no more and no less risky than sharing the exchange room with other players.

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