‘I can’t recall anyone’s got sick by doing that’ – David Warner not in favour of banning usage of saliva on the ball
David Warner says that he has not seen any player getting sick by using saliva in the match.
Updated - Apr 30, 2020 9:14 pm
Amid Coronavirus pandemic, the cricketing activities are kept on hold for an indefinite period in order to contain the spread of the novel virus. Meanwhile, ICC is planning to ban the usage of saliva in the games that can turn out to be the carrier of COVID-19 and can put players’ life in risk. Earlier, many cricketers gave their opinion over the same. David Warner has now joined the bandwagon and feels that the players are using saliva in the game from 100 years and it is not the only way they can contract the virus.
COVID-19 outbreak has created a threat in the mind of the people due to its adverse effects. So far more than 2 Lakh people have lost their lives due to the killer and threatening virus. This is the reason why cricket tournaments and series have come down to a tragic halt. Moreover, the governments have announced lockdown in their nation to contain the virus.
It’s been going around for hundreds of years now says David Warner
Soon in the upcoming months, the gentlemen’s game will also start making its way back to normalcy. But, before that ICC wants to come out with all the proper measures to minimise the risk of a player’s life. This is the reason why they are thinking over their idea of banning the usage of saliva in the games. However, the cricket council has not received a positive reaction from the cricketing fraternity over the same.
Recently in an interview, David Warner, the Aussie opener said that it is not necessary that players can just attract the virus from saliva. He added the fact that the players are sharing dressing rooms and other things during the matches. As per him, the use of saliva is going from hundred of years and he never saw a person getting sick by doing so.
“You’re sharing change-rooms and you’re sharing everything else, I don’t see why you have to change that. It’s been going around for hundreds of years now, I can’t recall anyone that’s got sick by doing that,” Warner told cricket.com.au. The 33-year-old recited the fact that it is not the appropriate place to make a comment on whether it should be banned or not.
It all depends on ICC how they want to make the game full proof in their fight against COVID-19 according to Aussie opener. “If you’re going to contract a bug, I don’t think it’d necessarily be just from that. 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,” he added.