Deepak Chahar reckons saliva ban won't affect T20 format much

Deepak Chahar reckons saliva ban won’t affect T20 format much

He also cited that the white ball swings only for two-three overs.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to ban the usage of saliva to shine the ball in the post-pandemic era. It has also decided to penalise the team by five runs if any player is found using the saliva. However, the world cricketing body has allowed the sweat to use to shine the ball. There have been mixed reactions among the current and former cricketers as the ban on saliva has taken the advantage away from the bowlers.

India pacer Deepak Chahar has given his views over the same now stating that the ICC’s aforementioned guidelines regarding the shining of the ball shouldn’t affect the T20 format much. Chahar has played only limited-overs cricket for India, especially the T20 format, and has fared really well. He has so far picked 17 wickets in 10 T20 Internationals with the best figures of 6/7 against Bangladesh last year.

Talking about the less impact of the saliva ban in the T20 format, he pointed out that the white ball doesn’t swing much in shorter formats. He feels that saliva isn’t needed to shine the ball in the ODIs and T20Is as the ball stays new only for 2-3 overs. However, Deepak Chahar also stated the current restrictions will affect Test cricket.

“I don’t think it will impact us so much because the white ball only swings for 2 overs. If we talk about the T20 format, the wicket is good for only 2-3 overs and the ball swings for 3 overs, so it reduces the need to shine the ball. The red ball requires a lot of shining!” he said while speaking in Star Sports’ program Cricket Connected.

Deepak Chahar backs IPL to start the season

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan pacer had recently backed the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be the perfect season starter after the pandemic. He felt that it will also bring the rhythm back for the bowlers and playing an international game soon after the break might lead to them breaking down due to the load. He also stressed on the importance of having a proper camp for the players even before the IPL.

“We will need to slowly get back into the system and I believe that IPL could be the perfect vehicle for us to return to cricketing action. It helps that we have a lot of games and that gets you into the rhythm. If you make a player play an ODI or Test immediately after the break, the body might break down due to the load. Like when you hit the gym, you don’t do a 100kg bench press to start with.

“Similarly, playing the IPL will help not just the bowlers, but all cricketers as the level of competition you get here is top-class. But we do need a proper camp before the IPL starts so that we can get back into the groove after this phase away from the game,” Deepak Chahar had said.