New Delhi, May 23 : Former Australia cricketer Brett Lee feels the latest ICC guidelines, which instruct players to not use saliva to polish the match ball in the post COVID-19 cricket scenario, will not be easy to implement. The ICC in its 'Back to cricket guidelines' on Friday said that saliva should not be used on the ball to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and also added that "it is expected to ban the use of saliva on the ball in the very near future (on medical advice)".
The legendary speedster reckons that a player has done it throughout his playing career and it will never be easy to get over this habit overnight. "When you have done something your whole life from 8,9,10 years of age where you lick your fingers and you put on the ball, it's very hard to change that overnight too," Lee said on Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'. Lee, who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, however expects some leniency from ICC on players breaching the advisory.
"So, I think there's going to be a couple of occasions, or there's going to be some leniency I think from the ICC, where there may be warnings. It's a great initiative,it's going to be very hard to implement I think, because cricketers have done this for their whole life," said Lee. Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis also agreed with Lee, saying that the fielders will also suffer. Faf, a brilliant fielder in all parts of the ground, said that he is used to spitting on his fingers as that helps him catch the balls in the slip cordon easily. "For the fielders, it's the same.
As Brett (Lee) mentions, I'm used to taking a bit of spit on my fingers before I catch the ball at slip. If you look at someone like Ricky Ponting, he has a big spit on his hands every time he tries to catch a ball," Du Plessis said on the same show. (UNI)