Non-usage of saliva on balls will be hard to implement, feels Brett Lee
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Updated: May 23, 2020 3:03:42 pm


Brett Lee, Brett Lee on use of saliva, ICC guidelines on ball shining, Brett Lee interview In its pointers issued on Friday, the ICC mentioned saliva mustn’t be utilized to shine the ball. (FILE)

Former Australia pacer Brett Lee feels the newest ICC pointers, instructing in opposition to the utilization of saliva on the balls within the submit COVID-19 state of affairs, will be tough to implement.

The ICC Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble, has advisable a ban on the use of saliva in its assembly within the wake of the pandemic.

In its pointers issued on Friday, the ICC mentioned saliva mustn’t be utilized to shine the ball.

“When you have done something your whole life from 8,9,10 years of age where you lick your fingers and you put on the ball, it’s very hard to change that overnight too,” Lee mentioned on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.

Lee, who performed 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, nonetheless expects some leniency from the world cricket physique on this regard.

“So, I think there’s going to be a couple of occasions, or there’s going to be some leniency I think from the ICC, where there may be warnings. It’s a great initiative,it’s going to be very hard to implement I think, because cricketers have done this for their whole life,” added Lee.

Even veteran South African cricketer Faf Du Plessis agreed with Lee, saying the identical utilized to fielders too.
Giving his personal instance, Du Plessis, mentioned he’s used to the behavior of taking a bit of his spit on his fingers earlier than catching the ball within the slips.

“For the fielders, it’s the identical. As Brett (Lee) mentions, I’m used to taking a bit of spit on my fingers earlier than I catch the ball at slip. If you have a look at somebody like Ricky Ponting, he has an enormous spit on his palms each time he tried to catch a ball,” Du Plessis mentioned on the identical present.

Recently, ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, had confused that making use of saliva on the ball was a behavior and it will take some follow to get rid of it.

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