West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel said the bowlers in the upcoming three-match Test series between West Indies and England would be at a disadvantage because they are not allowed to use saliva to shine the ball in order to get swing. Earlier this month, the International Cricket Council confirmed that no saliva would be allowed to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gabriel, speaking to journalists, on Thursday, via Zoom, said, “The no saliva situation I think puts the bowlers at a disadvantage. It is kind of hard to use just sweat alone, but as I said, it is the new norm so, you just have to get on with it and find a way to make it work.” The West Indies fast bowlers who will try to get as much swing as possible without saliva on the 14-man squad are Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder. Gabriel, who is one of the 11 reserves on the squad, is not 100 percent fit after having surgery on his right ankle in November 2019. The TT player has been the leading West Indies pacer in recent years alongside Roach. Gabriel, 32, has played 45 Test matches and has grabbed 133 wickets. Asked if he is available for selection for the first match starting on July 8, Gabriel said he would welcome the chance to start if needed.
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