There is theory that the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November can be postponed as a result of journey restrictions in place for the coronavirus outbreak.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I mean, how could you have a cricket World Cup without spectators,” Akram informed ‘The News’ on Thursday (June 4).
“A World Cup is all about big crowds, spectators coming from all parts of the globe to support their teams. It”s all about atmosphere and you cannot get it behind closed doors,” he mentioned.
On May 28, the ICC had deferred a choice on the destiny of the T20 World Cup until June 10 because it continued exploring contingency plans amid the raging pandemic that has derailed calendars worldwide.
“So I believe that they (ICC) should wait for a more suitable time and once this pandemic subsides and restrictions are eased then we can have a proper World Cup,” he mentioned.
The ICC Cricket Committee has lately advisable a ban on using saliva to shine the ball however allowed sweat as an interim measure to counter the coronavirus risk. It additionally didn’t enable use of synthetic substances.
Akram mentioned permitting sweat isn’t sufficient and ICC should discover a “quick fix” to the issue.
“I’m sure fast bowlers won’t like it if they are stopped from using saliva to shine the ball. They are allowing sweat but I can say for sure that it isn”t the same,” he mentioned.
“You shine the ball with saliva and sweat is just something of an add-on, a top-up. Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet,” he added.
“I believe that they will need to find a reasonable solution. But I would say that they will need to find a quick fix to this problem.”
Calls have been rising for an alternative choice to saliva from former and present cricketers together with lead India pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Sri Lanka bowlers have additionally mentioned that they like saliva over sweat to shine the ball following their first coaching session put up lockdown.
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