Saliva on ball, neutral umpires set to be axed

Published: 22:26, May 19,2020


Cricketers are set to be banned from using saliva to shine the ball due to the coronavirus pandemic, following recommendations by the International Cricket Council. The ICC’s influential cricket committee met via conference call on Monday and made the recommendations after a briefing from the governing body’s medical advisory committee. It was unanimously agreed that the ‘elevated risk of transmission’ caused by polishing the ball using spit meant the traditional method must be shelved for now, though sweat will still be permitted. Additionally, it was decided to vote for a suspension to the rule guaranteeing neutral umpires in Test cricket in a bid to minimise travel amid quarantine issues. — AFP

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