The International Cricket Council made several interim changes in the playing regulations on Tuesday. ICC thus bans the use of saliva on cricket ball that was used to shine it. The world governing body also approved the appointment of home umpires in international series as recommended by its Cricket Committee led by former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble. "The ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) ratified recommendations from the Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee, aimed at mitigating the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus and protect the safety of players and match officials when cricket resumes," the ICC said in a statement. Although, ICC has said that the new regulation might stand difficult for the bowlers in the initial stage thus the match officials should be lenient while dealing with saliva usage violations during the initial period.
However, the governing body specified that after a certain time any violation will lead to them receiving a warning from the umpires. ICC stated in its statement, "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 recommences," the ICC added.
The other major change was allowing teams to replace players who display COVID-19 symptoms during a test match. "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," the ICC said in a press release.
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