In continuation to my previous blog “Cricket Post Covid19 Part I” https://www.collagemaster.online/cricket-post-covid19-part-i/, it’s time now to have some practical analysis on some issues related to Cricket post Covid19.
No saliva in the ball: Cricket is a game which follows the rule of science and weather plays a very crucial role in determining the course of the game. Saliva is used in one side of the ball to keep the shine of the ball intact. This helps the ball to swing in the air. But stopping the usage of saliva will be a big disadvantage for the swing bowlers.
Since, there is plenty of moisture in the weather of England and natural swing is available from the weather, the impact of the ban on use of saliva might not affect the performance of swing bowlers of either side in the ongoing series between England and West Indies.
But, countries where weather is less supportive this restriction will be of a big advantage to the batting side, with lesser swing being expected. As suggested by many veteran cricket experts there should be a provision for usage of some sort of a Gel equivalent to the saliva.
Body sweat cannot be termed to produce result equivalent to saliva. Application of sweat cannot activate the oil inside the leather of the ball to keep the shine intact, which saliva does.
Celebrating Success: Every player have their own way of celebrating success. With crucial dismissals players do hug and jump on each other or give high fives to show their ecstacy. No guideline for celebrating an achievement is there from ICC in line with the ongoing pandemic. As has been observed in the current test series, players have been seen hugging each other and celebrating success.
But it is important to know that some social distancing will be good for both the players and the game, since chances of asymptomatic cases of Covid carriers cannot be ruled out. Specially with IPL on the cards, there will be players from different countries gathering together in one team and playing as a unit, this precaution might be of great importance.
Spectators on the ground: Though all the players are professional and for them playing is just like spending a day at office, but still at the end of the day upfront recognition matters. This players can only get when spectators come in, watch their matches and cheer for their side.
Can the organisers afford to allow spectators on the field? One contention can be, in the current scenario if 20% spectators of the total seat capacity can be allowed to watch matches by maintaining the social distancing clause, it might boost up the tempo of the game and provide impetus to the players.
On the flip side, the exposure to the risk of the ball going to the stands in case of over boundaries and spectators returning the ball back will increase the vulnerability of the players.
To conclude, cricket to come back to its original form seems to be a possibility only when remedy to this virus is found, proven and tested. Prior to that it might only become a media-based sporting event with many restrictions, empty stands and a watch from home affair.
Our desire to watch sensational matches with crowds filing up the stands to its full capacity, cheering every moment for their favourite team and players celebrating success in their instinctive fashion without any distancing, might need to wait for some time now.