Mitchell Starc wants ICC to consider shining wax: The Australian spearhead has spoken against the game losing balance between bat and ball.
Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc has expressed concerns regarding uneven contest between the bat and ball resulting in people not watching the sport and kids refraining from becoming bowlers in the future.
Starc’s comments have come in the wake of ICC banning the use of saliva to shine a ball in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus among cricketers. “They’ve mentioned that it’s only going to be there for a period of time and then once the world gets back to a relatively normal situation then saliva can come back into shining the ball.
“But, if it’s going to be a window of time there, maybe then instruct people to leave more grass on the wickets to have that contest or if they’re going to take away a portion of maintaining the ball, there needs to be that even contest between bat and ball, otherwise people are going to stop watching, and kids aren’t going to want to be bowlers,” Starc was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Starc, 30, also highlighted Kookaburra developing a shining wax as a replacement for saliva and how the same can be brought into use especially when wickets have been flat in the recent past.
“I think as we saw in Australia the last couple of years, there’s some pretty flat wickets, and if that ball’s going straight, it’s a pretty boring contest. I think Kookaburra have been developing a shining wax or something of the sort, so whether there’s consideration of that, there needs to be some [thought to] maintaining that even contest,” Starc said.
Mitchell Starc wants ICC to consider shining wax
While Kookaburra’s shining wax is yet to tested in a competitive match, allowing to use it will invite numerous debates for it violates the rule regarding ball tampering in cricket. Laying emphasis on the prevailing unusual times, the left-arm pacer believed the on-field umpires can control the use of shining wax.
“I understand that completely and hear what they’re saying in terms of a foreign substance, but whether that can be controlled by the umpires in terms of they have a portion of the wax and you can only use a small amount, I don’t know, but there needs to be a maintaining of the even contest.
“I understand what they’re saying with foreign substances and that it’s black and white in terms of that, but it’s an unusual time for the world and if they’re going to remove saliva shining for a portion of time they need to think of something else for that portion of time as well,” Starc added.