The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown have hit various sectors & Cricket is also not untouched by this. Given the current situation and severity of the Coronavirus threat, there is a new framework released by the ICC, especially for the bowlers.

With the spread of COVID-19, medical practitioners have warned against the use of saliva to shine the cricket ball in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. This restriction will cut down the risk of the contagious infection of coronavirus among cricketers. Saliva or sweat is used to take the ball away from its normal trajectory and make the ball swing and offer a better grip to the bowlers.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) medical committee has highlighted the danger of using spit and sweat to swing the ball. It was seemed normal before but this outbreak exposed many health risks. Now the ICC is considering the use of an artificial substance to shine the ball instead of sweat and saliva.

Australian federal government also drafts the same policy. The use of saliva & sweat will be redundant once the training resumes. Under the supervision of Umpires, players will be allowed to use the artificial substance to make the ball shine &swing.

Post-COVID-19 pandemic, Australian manufacturer Kookaburra is planning to deliver a wax applicator as an alternative to saliva and sweat that will help bowlers to get some reverse swing. Even India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was under the impression of using saliva on the ball ahead of the ODI series against South Africa earlier this year.