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Sri Lanka coach Arthur’s answer to saliva ban

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As COVID-19 may force cricketers to end the age-old practice of using saliva to keep the ball in good condition, Sri Lanka team head coach Mickey Arthur says authorities should devise an alternative to balance the contest between bat and ball.

According to Cricinfo, cricket officials are considering allowing the use of artificial substances to help polish the red ball under umpire supervision in Test cricket to end players applying saliva. This is so far banned in cricket and those found with using artificial substances have been dealt with severely but if the move gets the green light, it would lead to the legalisation of the once tabooed practice.

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