Cricket to consider legalized ball-tampering due to coronavirus


Karachi: Coronavirus may force the cricket bodies to consider the possibility of allowing the use of artificial substances, which means ball-tampering when cricket resumes as bowlers will be cautioned of applying saliva on the red ball.

According to ESPNCricinfo, administrators are open to the option of allowing for the use of an agreed artificial substance to polish red ball under the supervision of umpires in long-form matches.

The issue of saliva being unsafe was raised by the ICC’s medical committee and it would be addressed before cricket can resume.

The medical committee headed by Peter Harcourt had issued an update after the chief executives meeting of the ICC.

“Our next step is to create a roadmap for the resumption of international cricket which will include criteria for decision making and a checklist for what needs to happen. This will consider everything from player preparation to government restrictions and advisories and bio-bubbles.” Harcourt said.

It must be noted that the cricketing world is on standstill die to COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous cricket series and tournaments have been postponed due to this.

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