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Fast bowlers have undoubtedly been the real charm in the game of cricket. Watching them take the start like a steam engine, release the leathery ball with a great pace, which swings in the air and uproots the stumps, is simply enthralling. Swing bowling has long been a key weapon and an art of the fast bowlers against the batters. Pacers apply saliva or sweat to shine one side of the ball to better utilize the conventional movement through the air. But the devastating coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the life structures across the globe, is set to alter the gentlemen's sport as well, especially the fast bowling, following the latest rules announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Read this betway cricket article, what cricket legends think about this new rule.
The world governing body of cricket has "temporarily" banned the fast bowlers from applying saliva to shine the ball, which helps them generate greater swing in the air. The ban, which cricket experts reckon will skew in favor of the batsmen, will be treated as implemented in the current three-match Test series between England and West Indies in the UK. All the players and officials will be tested for the coronavirus before the match and remain quarantined before the start of the series. Also, players are going to miss the traditional cheers and claps by the spectators as all the matches will now be played closed doors with strict health protocols.
Unfavorable For Pacers
With players now officially outlawed from applying saliva, sweat is now the bowler's only friend when it comes to shining the ball. Former swing bowler Damien Fleming is only half-joking when he says he can imagine the cover fielder sprinting between deliveries in the COVID-safe environment. Or players warming up more vigorously and wearing extra layers.
According to Wasim Akram, Pakistan's former fast bowler, the ban on applying saliva will "definitely" affect the pacers' ability to swing the ball."All the fast bowlers will generally take a hit from the ban but it will affect Pakistani bowlers who are used to swing with the old ball, more," Akram, who picked up 414 wickets in Test cricket and 502 wickets in one-day internationals during his long international career, that also saw him captain Pakistan to the final of the 1999 ICC World Cup. The ban, he believes, would less affect the pacers having the ability to swing the new ball. Sweat may be an alternative but only in countries where the weather is warm. What if matches are played in New Zealand, England, or other cold environments? Players would certainly feel less heat resulting in less sweat," said Akram, who currently co-hosts a sports show at a local broadcaster.
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From today, clubs will be able to apply to two new funding schemes specifically designed to help see you through the challenging next few months as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Loan Scheme
Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
How your County Cricket Board will help
Emergency Loan Scheme
When a loan application is received through the ECB Investment Management System, CCBs will confirm the club is affiliated to the County Board, and that the information provided is accurate to the best of the County Board’s knowledge. Once the CCB has validated the clubs affiliation, the application will be progressed to the ECB Facilities Investment Team.
Return to Cricket Grant Scheme
Your County Board will be the first point of call when applying to the grant scheme, providing eligible organisations with an Application Form. Once completed, organisations will submit their Application Form to their ECB Regional Facilities Planning Manager for review. Contact details can be found in the Guidance Notes.
FAQs and Help Desk
In addition, if you have any questions about either scheme, please contact the ECB Facilities Help Desk by emailing the relevant contact below:
There are also a range of other financial support packages that are available to recreational sport and we encourage local clubs to investigate their eligibility for these, which are available immediately subject to meeting the respective criteria. These include, but are not limited to:
Please note there are criteria and conditions to support these initiatives available via the relevant websites.
From John Murphy Clubs and Leagues Director Lancashire Cricket. This short update includes information on disability cricket, managing unoccupied properties and participant kit for All Stars.
"Good afternoon everyone,
I hope you continue to stay safe and well.
Please see the latest ECB press release, which was sent to the network on Good Friday: https://ecb-comms.co.uk/1FT6-6TRS9-D6SSQJ4NB2/cr.aspx
The short update includes information on disability cricket, managing unoccupied properties and participant kit for All Stars.
As per previous correspondence, Lancashire Cricket strongly recommends that any clubs looking for financial support should first investigate the various Government schemes, in particular the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG). More info about eligibility can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878082/small-business-grant-and-retail-leisure-hospitality-grant-guidance-for-businesses-v2.pdf
We are hearing that several Lancashire clubs have now benefitted from these schemes, with awards of between £10,000 and £25,000. Depending on the arrangements of your local authority, some clubs will receive payment automatically, while others may need to submit an online form. Please note, Lancashire Cricket are not able to advise on individual cases, so clubs are encouraged to phone their LA to determine eligibility and the likely timing of any grant.
Clubs that are ineligible for Government support should look to Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund - https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund
Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to sports clubs, with a decision expected within 10 days of applications being submitted.
Lancashire Cricket expect to learn more about ECB financial support later this week. The majority of accessible funding will be via an (interest free) Emergency Loan Scheme, although a very small number of Lancashire clubs may qualify for a ‘Return to Cricket’ grant, with more details and eligibility TBC - the advice therefore is please do not wait to explore the options above!
Clubs should continue to check our Foundation website for regular updates, including the new Covid-19 information pack which is now available to download.
Please feel free to forward this message, together with any of the links included within, to your club colleagues and the wider cricket network.
Best Regards and stay safe.
John Murphy | Clubs and Leagues Director
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