England-West Indies Test Series Will be the most Watched Test Series, Feels Shaun Pollock

By Bet Barter

June 27, 2020

All serious cricket has been brought to a stop because of the continuous well-being emergency and the West Indies tour to England will stamp the arrival of International cricket one month from now.

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Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock figures that the forthcoming Test series among England and West Indies will be one of the most viewed as of late and furthermore fill in as a litmus test for how cricket can continue securely during the corona-virus pandemic.

All serious cricket has been brought to an end because of the progressing well-being emergency. The West Indies tour through England will stamp the arrival of worldwide cricket one month from now.

“I think it’s (Eng-WI) gonna be probably the most watched Test series in a very long time because people are being starved of the game so they’ll be very keen to get out there and watch some Test cricket again. I think it will be a bit of a litmus test to see how things can unfold and how things can be managed to make sure that there’s no issue,” Pollock said during an interview.

Cricket will continue with a few changes made essential due to the corona-virus alarm. Among them is the fervently discussed restriction on applying spit ready which Pollock feels is the correct choice.

“For many years, people have used saliva but they’ve also used sweat,” he said. “But in the current pandemic, with saliva, there is a risk that if a ball gets hit to the boundary and it may be thrown back by a guard who hasn’t been tested, there could be something that goes on to the ball and then you put in your mouth and you end up with Covid-19 and the Test series can be called off.”

Now with the DRS, you can send things upstairs

Another significant decision of the ICC Technical Committee which Pollock wholeheartedly concurs with is permitting neighborhood umpires to administer in International matches.

“Someone from India to be able to stand in a Test in Kolkata or someone from England to be able to stand in a home Test, Englishman, at Lord’s or an Australian at the MCG, we’ve always been fighting for this in the committee so I think that’s a good change,” the 46-year-old said.

“Now with the DRS, you can send things upstairs. In the old days, maybe they were worried about biased decisions, but I think that’s a thing of the past so that’s a nice change in the right way,” he added.

The 46-year-old also talked about the new 3T Cricket format of Cricket South Africa. “The idea is to try and incorporate three teams of 8. People have two innings and you get to compete, and it almost gives you an opportunity to come back, so it is something that they are looking to try.

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