Updated: June 7, 2020 11:26:09 pm
West Indies tempo legend Michael Holding feels the BCCI has every right to hold the Indian Premier League later this yr if the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia is postponed.
There is hypothesis that the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held between October 18 and November 15, could also be postponed due to journey restrictions in place within the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, giving BCCI a window to organise the IPL.
“I don’t think ICC is delaying the T20 World Cup because they are making space for the IPL. It’s the Australian government’s law where they are not allowing any visitors into the country before a specific date,” Holding mentioned in an Instagram Live with Nikhil Naz.
“But if there is no T20 World Cup, the BCCI has all rights to go ahead and organise a domestic tournament because there’s a space. If they are encroaching on other people’s tournament, you could say okay.”
The former tearaway-pacer-turned-commentator additional mentioned the proposal to ban saliva to shine balls wouldn’t pose any “practical” issues.
Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee has just lately advisable a ban on the usage of saliva to shine the ball however allowed sweat as an interim measure to counter the Covid-19 risk.
“First of all, I don’t think this saliva ban is a serious problem. The problem with this ban is that the cricketers will take sometime to adjust. It’s a natural reaction when you are on the field and you want to shine the ball, you use saliva.”
The 66-year-old felt that sweat can do the position of shining the ball as successfully as saliva.
“All you want to do is to get moisture on the ball and you will get that out of your sweat. You don’t have to use the same old saliva. The perspiration out of your arm or your brow will do the identical job as saliva. And I’ve not heard anybody say that COVID-19 will be unfold by perspiration.
“I don’t think any practical problem in banning saliva. It’s just a logistical problem of people being accustomed to do it and will have to practice not doing it,” he added.
Kumble had mentioned that cricket ought to utilise pitches to guarantee a good contest between the bat and ball however Holding disagreed with the view.
“I don’t believe in interfering with pitches. Some groundsmen might not be good enough to do exactly what is required and then the match gets spoiled. So, I will just leave the pitch and try to coach players to stop putting their fingers in their mouth,” the professional commentator added.
Asked whether or not the way forward for one-dayers is at stake within the instances of T20 cricket, Holding mentioned: “I don’t think ICC will ever get rid of 50 overs cricket because that’s one of their biggest earners as far as TV rights is concerned. The money will be slashed drastically.”
Not an enormous fan of the T20 model of the sport, Holding mentioned it’s excessive time to cease making the sport shorter and shorter.
“The drawback is folks’s consideration span getting shorter and shorter. In T20, they benefit from the razzmatazz of the joy. Long earlier than you had your first 10-10 recreation, you’d see folks becoming bored with T20. And I nonetheless see in some unspecified time in the future folks will get to five-five.
“People with short attention span will get attracted to that. But it is my belief you should not always cater to people’s short attention. You can’t just keep on getting shorter and shorter. We can’t keep on going in that direction, then you are left with nothing,” he remarked.
Holding picked Australian Pat Cummins as the most effective quick bowler of the current era.
“He (Cummins) is the person for the time being. Before him, I used to be an enormous fan of Dale Steyn. The greatest we have now seen in final 10 years.”
A fan of Bob Marley, Holding was requested to describe Indian skipper Virat Kohli via one tune of the well-known Jamaican reggae artist.
“Buffallo Soldier,” he mentioned, as he picked Kohli forward of Rohit Sharma because the “best white ball cricketer” of present era.
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