ICC Cricket Committee Recommends Ban On Use Of Saliva To Shine Ball

ICC Cricket Committee Recommends Ban On Use Of Saliva To Shine Ball

ICC Cricket Committee Recommends Ban On Use Of Saliva To Shine Ball

The recommendations will be presented to the ICC's chief executives committee in June for approval.

The cricket committee of the ICC has officially recommended that saliva must not be used to shine the ball in light of the health and safety risk it poses in a world now inhabited by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It has also recommended an increase in reviews per innings through DRS for this.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Monday, officially recommended that saliva must not be used to shine the ball in order to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus, and protect the safety of players and match officials.

"The ICC Cricket Committee heard from the Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee Dr Peter Harcourt regarding the elevated risk of the transmission of the virus through saliva, and unanimously agreed to recommend that the use of saliva to polish the ball be prohibited", the ICC said in a statement following the committee's meeting.

However the expert advice was that it is "highly unlikely" COVID-19 can be transferred through sweat, and there was no need to ban shining the ball with perspiration. However, the committee's recommendations did not give any scope for that.

'It is always a bit of struggle to get the ball in the ideal condition and given the illegal use of it in the past, hopefully it will now level the playing field somewhat for everyone, ' the 26-year-old Nortje told SA Cricket Magazine on Wednesday.

Former India captain Anil Kumble chairs the ICC's Committee
Former India captain Anil Kumble chairs the ICC's Committee

Since 2002 all the standing officials in Test cricket have not been allowed to come from either of the participating boards, a requirement that now looks too onerous in the current circumstances.

In matters which may or may not be related, an additional DRS review per team per innings is recommended in each format during the interim. The appointments, however, will continue to be made via the ICC from local Elite and International Panel referees and umpires.

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 global travel restrictions during the pandemic.

There will be no cricket in the United Kingdom until at least 1 July, but England's men's team have returned to individual training this week with the first Test of the summer potentially coming behind closed doors against West Indies on 8 July.

Neutral umpires have been used in Test matches for almost two decades.

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