Bowlers and teams are worried after an ICC put a ban on saliva due to the coronavirus, but Dukes ball manufacturing company has come up with a solution.
Cricket bowlers usually use saliva and sweat to polish one side of the ball, especially the old ball, so that the ball can be swung.
But the International Cricket Council has banned the use of saliva due to the coronavirus, introducing new rules in the game, although they will be allowed to use sweat.
Cricket teams around the world, especially bowlers, are worried about how they will swing the ball once it is old due to the ban, while some experts have warned that the new conditions of play, which are already favourable for batsmen, will also spoil the balance of the game.
But now the ball-manufacturing company has offered the bowlers a solution, asking them to use towels to polish the ball.
Dilip Jajodia, managing director of British Cricket Ball Limited, the company that makes the Duke ball used in Test matches in England, said that the first thing is that the ball should be in its original shape, whether you use sweat, saliva or something else, but all of these things help a little.
He said that the company manufactured a regular ball by hand sewing and it is designed in such a way that as long as you have the skill to swing the ball, it will be a ball swing,” said Dilip Jajodia.
He added that when a player rubs the Dukes ball with a cloth, the wax on it falls off and goes into the leather, which makes the ball shine.
He advised the players in the series between England and West Indies to keep towels as former great West Indian fast bowler Malcolm Marshall used to do.
He said that a small towel cloth was always hanging from the waist of the great Malcolm Marshall.
He criticized the English captain Joe Root, saying that Root keeps shining the ball with his polyester shirt all the time but nothing happens, it is a waste of time.
He advised the bowlers to polish the ball with a towel cloth, use only sweat and towels, that would be best.