New Delhi: Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee have endorsed the use of the option of saliva to shine the ball before the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting on Wednesday. A number of important decisions can be made at the ICC meeting tomorrow, including deciding on the future of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October-November, and a temporary ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball. The ICC Cricket Committee, headed by former Indian captain Anil Kumble, has already recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball.
Fast bowlers use saliva and sweat to swing the ball. Sweat can still be used, but fast bowlers face that it is not as effective as saliva. "There are probably other ways ICC can look at it and help bowlers," Lee told India's Tendulkar's '100 MB' online app. To be agreed upon by all. Which makes the batsmen happy as well as the bowler.
Tendulkar also said that in countries where it is cold, there will be no option to use sweat while playing. Giving examples of countries like New Zealand and England, Tendulkar said, "You will not sweat there." When I played for Yorkshire in 1992, I went there in early May and the weather there was icy. I can not forget the match in Hove, I was wearing five clothes at that time. "Lee also said that the umpires should take a soft stand against the bowlers and the bowler is in a position to salivate before taking any action. Should give two or three warnings. He said, "I can guarantee you that if the players are told not to do it then they will not do it intentionally but I think it can happen due to habit."