Former England captain Michael Vaughan suggested a simple way in which cricketers can prevent the spread of Covid-19 once the sport resumes.
Vaughan said players can keep hand sanitisers in their pockets and use them every time they touch the cricket ball during a match which can help eradicate the threat of spreading the new coronavirus.
As of now the International Cricket Council (ICC) has laid out new temporary guidelines in which players have been banned from using their saliva to shine the ball but they can use their sweat to do the needful.
There were question marks raised by past and present cricketers who argued that every player on the field would come in contact with the ball anyways so the saliva ban doesn’t make much sense.
Vaughan therefore, offered a solution to this problem and also slammed the authorities for not allowing the start of recreational cricket yet.
“Hand sanitiser in every players pocket … Use every time you touch the ball … SIMPLE … Recreational Cricket should just play from July 4th … utter nonsense it’s not being allowed back,” Vaughan tweeted.
Hand sanitiser in every players pocket … Use every time you touch the ball … SIMPLE … Recreational Cricket should just play from July 4th … utter nonsense it’s not being allowed back … #Cricket
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 23, 2020
International cricket is all set to resume next month after a long hiatus, with England hosting the West Indies in a 3-Test series.
The first Test is scheduled to begin in Southampton on July 8, with the last two matches at Old Trafford, as international cricket returns from the coronavirus shutdown. All the matches will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.
But the sport’s resumption took a big blow on Tuesday after it was revealed that 10 Pakistan players have tested positive for Covid-19 before their England tour.
Pakistan are scheduled to travel to England for a series of 3 Tests and 3 T20Is in August but the news of 7 more players contracting coronavirus on Tuesday after 3 cases in the team on Monday has rocked the cricketing fraternity.
The news of Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz testing positive for Covid-19 came less than 24 hours after Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan contracted the virus.
Apart from the 7 players a support personnel named Malang Ali (masseur) also tested postive for Covid-19.