ICC ratifies interim ban on saliva on ball
LONDON, June 10: Players can be banned from the age-old strategy of utilizing saliva to shine a ball when cricket emerges from the shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated on Tuesday.
Several different interim measures designed to make sure the security of gamers match officers have been ratified by the ICC Chief Executives Committee (CEC) — together with permitting residence umpires in worldwide sequence.
International cricket will resume subsequent month when West Indies face Engl in a three-match take a look at sequence.
The sequence will happen with out followers with strict well being protocols, together with a ban on wiping saliva on the ball — a technique employed to assist impart swing.
“If a participant does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will handle the state of affairs with some leniency throughout an preliminary interval of adjustment for the gamers, however subsequent cases will outcome within the crew receiving a warning,” the ICC stated.
Two warnings will end in a five-run penalty to the batting facet.
If saliva is utilized to the ball, the umpires can be instructed to wash it earlier than play recommences, though no particulars have been offered as to how that will be completed.
Other interim measures ratified by the ICC embrace changing a participant displaying COVID-19 signs throughout a take a look at match. Any substitute should be like-for-like change accepted by the match referee. Replacements will solely be allowed in take a look at matches not be relevant to ODIs T20Is.
With skilled abroad umpires unable to st within the forthcoming sequence between Engl West Indies, groups can be allowed one further unsuccessful DRS evaluation in every innings, up from the same old two to 3.
“The requirement to nominate impartial match officers can be briefly faraway from the taking part in situations for all worldwide codecs owing to the present logistical challenges with worldwide journey,” the ICC stated.
Code of conduct breaches can be partly overseen by a distant impartial match referee in liaison with the precise match referee by way of a video hyperlink.