Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the interim changes in the rules recommended by its cricket committee headed by Anil Kumble owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
ICC’s Chief Executive Committee (CEC) finalized the temporary rules to let the game of cricket begin amid COVID-19. The ICC has approved the ban of saliva on the ball, however, introduced a system of issuing two warnings per innings followed by a five-run penalty for repeated use of saliva on the ball.
“Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning,” read a press release issued by the ICC.
“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommended,” the press release added.
On the other hand, home umpires will replace neutral umpires owing to the current logistical challenges with international travel. The CEC also approved addition of DRS Reviews. Teams will have three DRS in Tests and two for the white-ball formats.
According to the interim changes, teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match.