Anil Kumble-led ICC Committee calls for ban on saliva to shine ball - COVID-19 Impact
Anil Kumble-led ICC Committee calls for ban on saliva to shine ball - COVID-19 Impact

Anil Kumble-led ICC Committee calls for ban on saliva to shine ball – COVID-19 Impact

  • Anil Kumble-led panel ICC Cricket Committee recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball among several other changes to ICC regulations to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus.
  • During a meeting over a conference call, the committee also pushed for bringing back two non-neutral umpires for all international matches.
  • The recommendations of the Cricket Committee will now be presented to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee in early June for approval.
  • The ICC Cricket Committee heard from the Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee Dr Peter Harcourt regarding the elevated risk of the transmission of the virus through saliva, and unanimously agreed to recommend that the use of saliva to polish the ball be prohibited.
  • The Committee also noted the medical advice that it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted through sweat and saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat to polish the ball whilst recommending that enhanced hygiene measures are implemented on and around the playing field.
  • The current regulations that apply to the appointment of match officials to men’s Test, ODI and T20I matches are summarised below.
  • Since 2002, officials appointed by the ICC must not be from the same country as the participating teams Given the challenges of international travel with borders being closed, limited commercial flights and mandatory quarantine periods, the Committee recommended that local match officials be appointed in the short-term.
  • The appointments will continue to be made via the ICC from local Elite and International Panel referees and umpires. Where there are no Elite Panel match officials in the country, the best local International Panel match officials will be appointed.
  • The Committee also recommended that the use of technology is increased to support the appointments of a wider pool of umpires from around the world and has proposed an additional DRS review per team per innings is introduced in each format as an interim measure.

About ICC-

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the world governing body of cricket.
  • It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989.
  • It organises world championship events such as Cricket World Cup, Women’s Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
  • Formation – 15 June 1909
  • Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Chairman– Shashank Manohar
  • CEO – Manu Sawhney

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