Sport

Coronavirus | ICC panel recommends prohibition of using saliva to shine ball

ICC panel does not bar use of sweat

The ICC’s Cricket Committee has recommended the prohibition of the use of saliva to shine the ball to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 when the sport resumes.

However, the committee has not barred the use of sweat. It has not allowed any external polishing material.

The committee, chaired by former India captain and coach Anil Kumble, has also proposed that local umpires be appointed for matches in the short term to deal with international travel restrictions during the pandemic. It has also recommended an increase in reviews per innings through DRS for this.

The proposals are set to be formalised during the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) meeting next month. The possibility of preventing the use of saliva had been discussed during last month’s CEC, but since the matter had to be brought up and discussed by the Cricket Committee, Monday’s meeting was convened via a video-conference call.

“We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved,” Kumble said in an ICC statement.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 31, 2020 9:30:24 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/sport/saliva-ban-recommended/article31618805.ece

Next Story