‘Saliva ban favouring batsmen is bloody storm in a teacup’: Greg Chappell
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Updated: June 14, 2020 10:11:56 pm


Greg Chappell had a controversial stint as India coach between 2005 to 2007. (Source: File Photo)

Former India coach Greg Chappell says talks of saliva ban tilting the stability in the direction of batsmen is a “bloody storm in a teacup” however sweat can even be very efficient in relation to shining the ball in Test cricket.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned the usage of saliva on ball as an interim well being security measure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — a transfer that has raised issues concerning the sport turning into batsmen-dominated.

For now, the bowlers can solely use sweat on the ball however many consider it won’t be as efficient as saliva.

“If they’re wiping perspiration from their forehead, there’s sunscreen there. If they’re using saliva, they’ve probably been chewing something, so what’s in that?” the previous Australian skipper was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

“I don’t know if it’s that big a deal. Perspiration will be the equal of saliva. I don’t see the difference, to be honest.”

The 71-year-old, who had a controversial stint as India coach between 2005 to 2007, stated the saliva ban can have a minimal have an effect on on Australia’s quick bowlers.

“None of them are big swingers of the ball… Starc might get some reverse swing… by and large it’s the pace and bounce, I don’t think we’ll notice a huge difference, to be honest,” Chappell stated.

Ball producer Kookaburra have developed wax applicator to shine cricket balls however Chappell stated it received’t be wanted.

“Bowlers are inventive enough. If they can get perspiration on the ball, they’ll get shine, they’ll be able to preserve the ball unless it’s a real hard, abrasive wicket,” he stated.

“You’ve only got to keep enough shine on the ball, and perspiration will do that. I think it’s a bloody storm in a teacup myself.”

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