ICC Bans Use of Saliva, Approves Covid-19 Substitutes & Additional DRS for Unsuccessful Appeals

In cricket, the ICC has changed some rules of the game in wake of coronavirus pandemic. According to release by the officials, changes have been made in playing rules and regulations. In this, the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball. Because many bowlers used their saliva to shine the ball so that it swings up to their desire. They also allow home umpires in international series.

The ICC Chief Executive’s Committee(CEC) ratified recommendations from the Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee. This committee aims to reduce the health risk of cricketers when the sports resume.

According to release by ICC following are the changes:

COVID-19 Replacements:

All teams will allow replacing players. But first, they must display symptoms of coronavirus. The umpire will approve the nearest like-for-like replacements. However, this change will not apply in T20 and ODI matches.

Ban On Applying Saliva:

Players will not allow applying saliva on the ball. The players used it to make it’s surface shiny. If a player applies saliva then umpire handle this situation with some leniency during an initial phase for players. But this team will receive a warning.

If any team two warnings on this, the opponent team will gain 5-runs.Whenever saliva applies, the umpire must clean it before the game resume.

Non-neutral Umpires:

The requirements of neutral match officials will be removed temporarily from all formats. This is because of current challenges with international travel.
The ICC will be able to appoint local match officials from the Emirates ICC panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials.

Additional DRS reviews:

The CEC has also confirmed that there will be an additional unsuccessful DRS review for each time in each innings. This is because these are less experienced umpires on duty at times. So, there will increase in unsuccessful appeals for each team to three for tests and two for the white-ball formats.

Additional logo allowed:

The CEC has also approved a relaxation of rules on apparel logos for the next 12 months. A logo, not exceeding 32 square inches in size, may be placed on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater in addition to the three other logos allowed as per regulations. Logos on chests are only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.

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