Shaun Pollock Feels That Ban on Saliva Unnecessary While Playing in Secure Environment
Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock has commented that “the use of saliva on the cricket ball should not pose any health threat to the players since the games are being played behind closed doors in bio-secure environments”.
The apparent ban on the use of saliva on the cricket ball has left the cricketing community divided, with many for and against the move.
Speaking on the matter, Pollock commented that “during the games, players will be playing in venues behind closed doors without spectators”, he commented that “the venues themselves would be sterilized before the games, and as such, there is no chance for players to pick up an infection.
Additionally, he also stated that “players need to undergo a 14 day isolation period before each tour, which further eliminates the chance of infection”.
Taking all these safety precautions into account, it seems that the ban on saliva was an unnecessary decision on the part of the ICC, according to Pollock.
Pollock is not alone in pointing out the fact, in the past former cricketers like Michael Holding and currently, active players like Jasprit Bumrah have also come out in open criticism of the matter.