Kookaburra, an Australian Sports Manufacturer, has developed a wax operator to shine cricket balls in the easiest way possible.
It’s an innovation that has brought about the latest twist in cricket and, in general, the sports world during a time when the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The statistics show that this deadly virus has affected over 3.6 million, with deaths over 250k people.
The unique wax applicator may even raise some questions over ball-tampering, and it may also speed up the return of cricket. We may be living in extraordinary times because of the COVID-19, but Kookaburra has proved all of us wrong that the world is still operational. The manufacturer will now be shining every cricket ball on the field of play.
The main reason why this wax applicator innovation can bring back cricket games is that players won’t be applying saliva and sweat on the cricket ball’s surface to shine it. With the COVID-19 pandemic, that can be a dangerous hazard since the virus is spread through saliva droplets or contact with an affected person.
The Group Managing Director of Kookaburra, Brett Elliot, who is also a swing bowler, has explained how this plan will bring an extraordinary experience in the cricket world.
He stated that Kookaburra’s research and development center has been working on a product to replace the traditional methods of polishing a ball that could be controlled and managed by the match umpire.
Elliot added that they have a unique wax formula for polishing a cricket ball. There will be a small-sized sponge applicator that will enable players or umpires to apply a thin layer of wax, which could then be rubbed and polished in the traditional way to improve the shine on the ball. They are expecting the new wonder wax to be ready within a month.
However, this wax application has not been supported by all parties. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has urged that the laws of the cricket state that the fielding side must no use any artificial substance to alter or change the condition of the ball.
MCC acts as the guardian of cricket laws, and they will have to approve the use of the wax applicator to be used this summer. This is a short-term move, and players or umpires can go back to the traditional manner of applying saliva and sweat to the cricket ball after the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.
Now, tests will need to be done on Kookaburra balls and Duke Balls as we wait for this summer encounter between West Indies and Pakistan.
Even though there are laws that fight any ball-tampering, this seems to be the only we are going to see cricket sports resuming very soon. But they will need to test both red balls and white balls in match conditions.
As Kookaburra waits for the final approval by the International Cricket Council, they have released a statement saying that wax applicator is designed to bring cricket back and give administrators time to make decisions.