ICC Technical Committee Recommends Prohibition Of Saliva To Shine Ball

ICC Technical Committee Recommends Prohibition Of Saliva To Shine Ball

The Committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, concluded a conference call convened to specifically address the issues related to COVID-19 including maintaining the condition of the match ball and the appointment of non-neutral umpires and referees to global cricket.

The cricket committee, which is chaired by the former India spin bowler Anil Kumble, has chose to recommend that the use of saliva to polish a cricket ball should be prohibited for the foreseeable future.

Players shine one side of a new cricket ball while the opposite is left to deteriorate through natural wear and tear.

"We are living through extraordinary times, and the recommendations the committee have made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game while protecting everyone involved", Kumble said. The technique alters the aerodynamics of the ball, allowing pace bowlers to generate movement in the air.

A statement from the ICC noted that while saliva represented an "elevated risk of the transmission of the virus" it was considered "highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted through sweat".

Shining the ball is a major thing for bowlers in trying to extract some swing from the match.

The ICC unanimously agreed to recommend that the use of saliva to polish the ball be prohibited.

Pink ball
Pink ball

Cricket Australia (CA) is exploring the possibility of disinfecting the ball during matches to minimise the health risk to players during the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of its medical team said on Wednesday.

Josh Hazlewood has said bowlers need to be able to shine the ball.

The recommendations were made by International Cricket Council's cricket committee, and are set to be ratified at the chief executives' committee next month, ahead of the envisaged start of the international season in England on July 8.

The use of saliva to shine the cricket ball is primarily meant for swing bowling.

Like most sports around the world, cricket was suspended as countries went into lockdown during the pandemic.

And Hazlewood doesn't believe the ICC will be able to make sure that players aren't using saliva as you can not always have eyes on every player on the field.

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