The ICC is but to take a choice concerning the way forward for this yr’s T20 World Cup and if in any respect the occasion is postponed, former West Indies quick bowler Michael Holding sees nothing wrong with the IPL changing it.
Holding feels changing the T20 World Cup with the IPL is not what the ICC should be pondering of; nonetheless, if the T20 World Cup doesn’t go forward as deliberate, a state of affairs which appears to be like seemingly in the meanwhile, the BCCI has the authority to push for the IPL through the October-November window.
“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.”
Holding weighed in on the ICC’s choice to ban using saliva to shine the ball in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and he doesn’t really feel it’s going to be that huge a problem for bowlers to function with out it. The solely impediment as per Holding is that he feels gamers could require an sufficient period of time to get used to the brand new rule.
“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 some time to adjust. It’s a natural reaction when you are on the field and you want to shine the ball, you use saliva,” he mentioned.
“All you need to do is to get moisture on the ball and you can get that from your sweat. You don’t have to use the usual saliva. The perspiration from your arm or your forehead will do the same job as saliva. And I’ve not heard anyone say that COVID-19 can be spread 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.”
That mentioned, Holding didn’t agree with Anil Kumble’s views the place he instructed that extra end result-oriented pitches needs to be ready to guarantee a good stability between bat and ball. Kumble batted for extra spin-pleasant pitches, emphasising on making the sport related for the spinners once more. Holding, nonetheless, doesn’t envision it taking place for the next cause.
“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,” Holding defined.