Kookaburra develops a wax applicator to shine cricket balls so that saliva and sweat will no longer be used.
In cricket matches, bodily fluids are usually used to polish the ball. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this practice may temporarily be stopped for the risks which it may bring. Kookaburra, an Australian sports company, has decided to manufacture some wax applicators which may be applied to shine cricket balls.
Under the laws of cricket, players are not allowed to apply artificial substances to the cricket ball. Still, umpires can decide whether or not some changes may be required. Also, the changes must be approved by the International Cricket Council.
Kookaburra’s group managing director Brett Elliot explained their work by saying, ‘Kookaburra’s research and development centre 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. We have developed a unique wax formula for polishing a cricket ball. The pocket-size sponge applicator will enable umpires or players to apply a thin layer of wax which could then be rubbed and polished in the traditional manner to enhance the shine on the ball’.
The company also reiterated how the product may not be something that they may make forever. For now, the product still hasn’t been tested in match conditions as all cricket matches are postponed. Also, it is believed that the product may be used on red and white balls.
Kookaburra balls are used in all limited-overs cricket matches. To learn more about the different cricket balls, visit Betwala.
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