In its pointers issued on Friday (May 23), the ICC stated saliva shouldn’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 stated 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, stated he’s used to the behavior of taking a little bit of his spit on his fingers earlier than catching the ball within the slips.
“For the fielders, it’s the same. As Brett (Lee) mentions, I’m used to taking a bit of spit on my fingers before I catch the ball at slip. If you look at someone like Ricky Ponting, he has a big spit on his hands every time he tried to catch a ball,” Du Plessis stated on the identical present. Recently, ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, had burdened that making use of saliva on the ball was a behavior and it’ll take some apply to eliminate it.
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