The ICC has issued safety guidelines to be followed by players & boards in order to resume training post-COVID-19 world. Kumar Sangakkara thinks that the cricketers will have to change their playing habits & practices which they have developed over the decades to meet the ICC’s new guidelines
The former Sri-Lankan Captain, Kumar Sangakkara feels it will be quite interesting to see how players will deal with the ICC’s latest guidelines which have been issued as a safety measure against the coronavirus pandemic. Bowlers for decades have used saliva to shine the ball and the new guidelines issued by the ICC restrict the bowlers from doing so. Kumar Sangakkara was on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’ when he spoke about the issue.
Kumar Sangakkara said, “For fast bowlers or spinners, shining the ball, is an instinctive thing, they have done it over so many years since they were kids”. He also highlighted the fact that the social aspect of the game might also change. “Cricket is a social game, most of the time you spend in the dressing room by taking & chatting to other players. This will be a very clinical thing. You come ready to play, no warmups, you do everything right and you go home,” Sangakkara added.
The former Sri Lankan batsman is currently the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Sangakkara was also elected for the prestigious post in October 2019. Sangakkara will serve as a President till 2021.
Kumar Sangakkara made his debut for Sri Lanka in the year 2000 against Pakistan at Galle in an ODI match. He played 414 ODIs for the country & scored 14,234 runs during his career. In test matches, Sangakkara was featured in 134 matches & scored 12,400 runs. In T20Is he played 56 matches & scored 1,382 runs.