The coronavirus outbreak has majorly impacted all sports around the globe. While the resumption of normal cricketing ties in the presence of spectators still seems a far-fetched idea, there have now been discussions over altering certain rules in the sport in order to reduce the threat of spreading the virus.
One suggestion that has come from the cricket fraternity is banning the use of saliva or sweat to shine the ball, which in turn could lead to the extinction of reverse swing. Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja has also opined on the issue and has instead advocated for the reduction of the size of pitches to help even out the contest between bat and ball.
“In all probability, players won’t be able to apply saliva or sweat to shine the ball which will mean that reverse swing will go out of the equation. This will consequently make Test cricket less attractive because reverse swing forms a very important part of a bowler’s armory in this format,” Ramiz said in a YouTube video.