Pat Cummins accepts risk of using saliva but says cricket needs alternative option
By: PTI | Melbourne |

Published: May 20, 2020 8:51:09 pm


Pat Cummins is at the moment the world’s No.1 Test bowler. (File Photo/AP)

Australia’s premier quick bowler Pat Cummins whereas accepting the well being risk related to the utilization of saliva urged sport’s custodians to return out with an alternate option to strike a steadiness between bat and ball.

Cummins mentioned making use of sweat or any exterior substance like wax on the ball may very well be an alternate option if utilization of saliva is banned.

The ICC’s Cricket Committee has already beneficial a ban on the utilization of saliva on the ball as a result of risk of COVID-19 sread.

“If we remove saliva, we have to have another option,” the 27-year-old pacer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“Sweat will not be unhealthy, but I believe we want one thing greater than that, ideally. Whatever that’s, wax or I don’t know what.

“If that’s what that science is telling us, that it’s high risk using saliva … as long as we’re keeping other options open, whether that’s sweat or something artificial.”

Cummins, at the moment world’s no.1 Test bowler, mentioned sweat is a viable option to maintain the ball shinning.

“We have to be able to shine the ball somehow so I’m glad they’ve let sweat remain,” he mentioned.

“We’ve just got to make sure at the start of the spell we’re sweating and we’re nice and warm.”

Australian sports activities gear producer Kookaburra had earlier this month claimed that it had developed a wax applicator which may hold the balls shinning with out the utilization of saliva or sweat.

Cummins, nevertheless, hopes that they’ll return to the utilization of saliva in future as it’s the greatest option to shine the ball.

“Hopefully we’ll get to a stage where saliva is deemed safe. Hopefully, we can go back to that, to how it was,” he mentioned.

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