ICC confirms Covid-19 substitutes, saliva ban on interim basis, home umpires

ICC confirms Covid-19 substitutes, saliva ban on interim basis, home umpires

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Dubai, Jun 9 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced interim changes to the playing regulations in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. ICC's new playing regulations include the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball, Covid-19 replacements, additional DRS reviews and allowing home umpires in international series.

The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) ratified recommendations from the Anil Kumble Cricket Committee, aimed at mitigating the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus and protecting the safety of players and match officials when cricket resumes. The three-match Test series between England and West Indies, slated to begin from July 8, will mark the resumption of international cricket which has been halted since mid-March following the outbreak of coronavirus. In a statement released on its website, the ICC about COVID-19 replacements wrote,'' Teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement.''

However, the regulation for COVID-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is. On the ban on applying saliva to the ball, it said, ''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.'' ''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 recommenced,'' it added. (UNI)