saliva ban won’t impact white-ball cricket much:Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar

Mumbai: India pacer Deepak Chahar feels the absence of saliva to shine the ball will not affect the ODIs or T20Is matches as much as it will affect the Test cricket.

Chahar pointed about that a fast bowler shouldn’t be worried about the ball swinging in ODIs or T20Is as the white ball traditionally generates movement only for 2-3 overs.

However, he feels that the current restrictions will affect First-Class cricket or Test cricket.

‘I don’t think it will impact us so much because the white ball only swings for 2 overs. If we talk about the T20 format, the wicket is good for only two-three overs and the ball swings for three overs, so it reduces the need to shine the ball. The red ball requires a lot of shining,’ he said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

The ICC on Tuesday officially banned the use of saliva as a method to shine the ball in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has also decided to penalize the team by five runs if any player is found using the saliva. However, the world cricketing body has allowed the sweat to use to shine the ball.