Lahore: Pacer Mohammad Abbas is confident that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will soon provide an alternative of not using saliva on the ball.
The ICC Cricket Committee led by Anil Kumble suggested a ban on the use of saliva in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus. ICC has also affirmed the suggestion in its guidelines for the resumption of cricket.
“I am used to applying saliva on the ball for shine, it would be difficult to leave. I am confident that the ICC will definitely provide an alternative,” Abbas said.
“Bowler is incomplete if he doesn’t shine the ball and the game of cricket will be totally different because of the restrictions,” he added.
Abbas said that the players will have to remind themselves, again and again, to take precautionary measures during the game.
“I often forget during the sessions not to shine the ball. The style of celebrating after taking a wicket will also change,” he maintained.
He also revealed that he is missing county cricket which is postponed due to the spread of the virus in the UK.
“If county cricket was going on, it would have benefited me and the team. I got to play there and got the benefit before the series against England in 2018,” he added.
It must be noted that Pakistan is scheduled to play matches in England. PCB is yet to confirm a ‘bio-secure’ tour of England. As many as 25 players will fly for England to play three Tests and as many T20Is.