As the world is going through a deadly disease, Coronavirus, that has affected the globe and its activities, many scenarios have been replaced or have been issued with like-for-like replacements.
Sports scenarios have also got complications amidst the deadly disease and the rules have been changes keeping the disease under consideration to avoid ebb and flow amidst the Coronavirus.
Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned the usage of saliva to avoid the spreading of germs. Many bowlers went against this idea as it can be a hurdle in bowling techniques when it is not polished. They have demanded the replacement even.
ICC announced that the continuation of using saliva on the ball will lead to 5 runs penalty for the bowler and the umpire will give only two warnings to the bowler before penalization of 5 runs.
If saliva is applied to the ball, the umpire would have to clean the ball before giving it to the player in order to avoid the symptoms. Along with the saliva ban, ICC also have introduced like-for-like replacement in tests. If the player is suffering from the symptoms of the Coronavirus, the team has the right to replace him however, no such rights have been applied to T20Is and ODIs.
“Instead of neutral umpires, the ICC will appoint non-neutral umpires from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials”. CricTracker.
ICC announces 5 runs penalty for using saliva to shine the ball after its banning
“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,” ICC stated in the Press Release.