Chewing gum helps players to perform better – Prof. Arjuna

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Chewing gum helps players to perform better, according to Professor Arjuna de Silva, the Sports Medicine expert in Sri Lanka. 


Before the commencement of the Test series from July 12 in Galle, the two rival Skippers-Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka) and Faf du Plessis (South Africa) will seek clarification from the Match Referee and Umpires on use of chewing gums during field of play.      


The sports medicine expert, who also served as a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board Medical Panel, said: “There is evidence that gum chewing will help players to concentrate better. It also decreases the stress and acidity level.” 


“If players want it they should be allowed sugar-free gums. Though, all players don’t chew gums, the best is players who do not chew gums should be allowed to shine the ball.” 
Players often spit the residues of gums on field. 


“It (spitting or throwing gum residues on field) is definitely unhygienic. The players should retain them on a piece of paper, which can easily be disposed off at the intervals,” he added. 


Professor Arjuna also suggested players to wear pocket-less pants. 


“That (pocket-less pants) will eliminate the doubts in the minds of the Umpires. And Umpires can keep the gums and handover the players when needed. Umpires can also retain the towel for the players’ use to shine the ball, he added. 


“There are no major disadvantages of use of gum, except it is polluting the planet. Sustainable gum is available in the market. The use of chewing gum is banned in Singapore”, the Professor informed.    .

 

If players want it they should be allowed sugar-free gums. Though, all players don’t chew gums, the best is players who do not chew gums should be allowed to shine the ball

 


Manager’s appointment


SLC is yet to announce the name of the temporary manager for the series between Sri Lanka and South Africa. 


Graeme Labrooy who is also the Chairman of the Selection Committee is a contender for the post.