David Warner speaking to the digital media of Cricket Australia, Cricket.com.au, said he is against the ‘saliva ban’ concept.
Cricket experts, however, believe that Cricket would not be same post COVID-19, especially for the bowling side. Coronavirus is a viral disease which spreads through physical contacts and there is a global lockdown to break the chain of virus spread further.
Coronavirus pandemic has increased concerns over personal hygiene and many people are skeptical how cricketers would shine the ball with saliva.
Some of the former cricketers have already voiced their opinion about the same, advocating the use of alternative artificial substances to prevent the cricketers from any kind of contamination.
No One Got Sick By Shining The Ball
Speaking further, David Warner further added that the practice of shining the ball has been going around for hundreds years and he can’t remember if anyone got infected by the practice.
“It’s been going around for hundreds of years now, I can’t recall anyone that’s got sick by doing that.
“You’re sharing changerooms and you’re sharing everything else, I don’t see why you have to change that,” Warner told the digital media of Australia.
It’s Up To ICC And Governing Bodies
Warner’s comments come after certain reports that said the governing bodies of the game are looking for the possibility of allowing artificial substances to be used to maintain the ball instead of saliva and sweat.
Moreover, David Warner added in his statement that it’s his opinion only and it’s up to the authorities to take the decision.
“I’m not too sure but it’s not my place to comment on whether or not we should or shouldn’t (use saliva to shine the ball). It’s up to the ICC and the governing bodies to decide.”