Bangladesh spinners see no benefit on saliva ban

Samiur Rahman | Published: 23:02, Jun 05,2020


Abdur Razzak, Taijul Islam

Bangladesh left-arm spinners Abdur Razzak and Taijul Islam disagreed with ICC cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble’s claim that the ban on using saliva and sweat to shine the ball will help spinners, as the duo felt both pacers and spinners will suffer from the change.

The fielding team always uses saliva or sweat to maintain the shine of the ball which is an important part of the game but as the coronavirus spreads mostly through human droplets, ICC has put an embargo over using saliva or sweat as shiner.

The pacers will suffer the most from this rule change as it will diminish their chances of extracting any reverse swing from the old ball as it requires one half of the ball to be shiny and the other to be rough, but Razzak believed that the spinners will also lose some advantages.

‘I think it will put all the bowlers in a disadvantage situation, there is no advantage for anybody but the pacers will be more affected than the spinners,’ Razzak told New Age on Friday.

‘I think if the shine is not maintained, spinners will also face trouble. If the ball is shiny in one side and rough on the other side, it helps us to get the drift from the pitch. We can drift the ball in both ways,’ he added.

Taijul, who is currently leading Bangladesh’s spin attack in Tests in the absence of Sakib al Hasan, also disagreed with Kumble and echoed Razzak saying that the shine of the ball was an important component in his bowling.

‘I don’t know about others but for me, keeping the ball shiny for a longer time is very useful because the shine of the ball helps me to drift it away or to skid it away.

‘Sometimes it also helps to drift the ball in. So when the shine is lost, I will not get the skid or drift like I used to get,’ Taijul said.

Australian company kokabura was coming up with a new artificial shiner but ICC is yet to permit the use of such product.

Razzak also thought that using anything artificial to shine the ball would do more damage than good.

‘Any artificial leather shiner might make the surface oily and slippery which will make the ball hard to grip. I don’t think all the players can use it evenly, so it will rather be damaging than good.’

Taijul, on the other hand, was looking forward to see the effects of this new rule in the field as he felt the players would still indirectly end up using their sweat to shine the ball when they rub it in their trousers or jersey.

‘As sweat or saliva can’t be used, we have to rub the ball more often on our trousers of shirts. But then one more thing will come up because our clothes will also became wet with our sweat. So it could only be analysed after the resumption of the game.’

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