Pat Cummins advocates being able to continue to shine and sway
SYDNEY: fast bowler from Australia Pat cummins create proof Cricket it will be much poorer if the use of saliva and sweat is prohibited to help the ball shine without some kind of replacement following the COVID-19 pandemic .
Cricket players have long used saliva and sweat to shine one side of the ball, altering aerodynamics in an attempt to generate movement in the air as it flies toward the batter.
However, the protocols of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for the return of sport to the country, specifically exclude the practice due to the danger of transmitting COVID-19.
Cummins, the world's highest ranked trial bowler, believes such a radical change in the longest form of play would be unacceptable.
As a fast bowler, I think you have to be able to make the ball shine, he said in an interview on the website of his Indian Premier League team, the Calcutta Knight Riders ( kkr .in).
"Why everyone loves Test Cricket is because it has so much art to it. You have swing bowlers, spinners, you have all these different aspects that make Test Cricket what it is.
I think if you can't get the ball to shine, that removes swing pins, removes reverse swing pins, and I just don't want to give hitters another reason to score runs.
The Cricket boards are desperate to get players back on the field after social exclusion restrictions are eased to get revenue flowing again.
Cummins, however, believes that gaming at the top level will likely not resume, while there are still major concerns about the transmission of the virus.
Obviously, health is the absolute priority, number one, but I am thinking that if we are in a position where we are concerned about transmitting the coronavirus ... I don't think we are playing in the first place, he added.
Australian ball manufacturer Kookaburra this week said it had developed a wax applicator that would enable Cricket ers to shine balls without using sweat or saliva.
Cummins believes that some sort of alternative is essential if proven methods of swinging are prohibited.
I want you to propose another option. Whether it's saliva or any other substance, we need to be able to make the ball shine and make sure it keeps swinging, he said.
Cummins became the most expensive overseas purchase in IPL history when the Knight Riders paid a staggering 155 million rupees ($ 2.18 million) for it at last year's auction.
The money-spinning Twenty20 competition was originally scheduled to start on March 29, but was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.