ICC must ensure bowler-friendly pitches during saliva ban: Irfan Pathan

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan reckons that the ban on utilizing saliva for shining the ball is a big blow to bowlers and authorities ought to ensure preparation of bowling-friendly Test wickets to forestall full domination of the sport by the batsmen.

The ICC cricket committee, led by former India captain Anil Kumble, has advisable a ban on use of saliva as an interim measure to fight the coronavirus risk.

Pathan feels the ban may even stretch as much as two years and can give undue benefit to batsmen.

“You will to have make it possible for pithes are extra appropriate to the bowlers than batsmen to negate the benefit (of not having the ability use saliva). If you aren’t capable of shine the ball correctly, you won’t be able to chop the air due to scientific causes.

“And if you’re not capable of swing it, the batsman can have it simple as a result of no one fears simply tempo, it’s the mixture of tempo and swing that troubles them,” Pathan, among the best exponents of swing bowling in Indian cricket, informed PTI on Sunday.

“It (ban) will have an effect on bowlers rather a lot in Test matches. It will not be a difficulty in white-ball cricket because the bowlers anyway do not shine the ball after the primary few overs, they need to make it smooth (to make strokeplay harder for the batsman).

“But in red-ball cricket, whether you are a fast bowler or spinner, you need to shine the ball. Spinner relies on shine to drift the ball. That will be a big advantage for batsman. The game will become even more batsmen friendly,” stated the primary Indian pacer to take a Test hat-trick.

Conditions have to be useful for bowlers, says Pathan

More than grass on the pitch, Pathan would like moisture beneath it.

“If you take a look at England and Australia, there’s not a lot grass however there’s moisture and it helps bowlers.

“You have to make it possible for one thing occurs for the bowler. If not via the ball, then via the circumstances. If the circumstances are useful for bowlers they do not search for reverse swing, they go for typical swing,” stated the 35-year-old.

Pathan stated reverse swing solely works with excessive tempo, which in accordance with him is uncommon in modern-day cricket.

“For reverse swing, if you cannot conceal the ball, then the batsman is aware of which manner the ball would come except you’re bowling 150 kmph plus and there are only a few bowlers at the moment who generate that sort of tempo.

“You can still apply some sweat and swing the ball normally but the ban would more or less take reverse swing out of the the game,” Pathan added.

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