The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced several interim changes in playing regulations, including the ban on use of saliva to shine a cricket ball. The world governing body also approved the appointment of home umpires in international series as recommended by its Cricket Committee led by former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble. “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,” the ICC said in a statement by ICC board
ICC board meeting scheduled to be held via teleconference on Wednesday as the fate of the T20 World Cup 2020 is among the key things that is expected to be discussed by officials.
The fate of the T20 World Cup remains uncertain due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought the sporting world to a grinding halt. The T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15th, but Cricket Australia said the tournament schedule is under ‘very high risk’.
Substitution in Test Cricket:
Teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement.
However, the regulation for COVID-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is.
Ban on applying saliva to the ball:
Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.
However, the governing body specified that after a certain time any violation will lead to them receiving a warning from the umpires, but said that the repeated violation will result in a “5-run penalty to the batting side”. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences.
The requirement to appoint neutral match officials will be temporarily removed from the playing conditions for all international formats owing to the current logistical challenges with international travel. The ICC will be able to appoint locally based match officials from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials.
Given the restrictions on international flights in many countries, the ICC has decided to re-introduce non-neutral umpires for bilateral series. Explaining the rationale, the ICC said it has been done keeping in mind the “logistical challenges with international travel”.
Additional DRS reviews:
The CEC has also confirmed an additional unsuccessful DRS review for each team in each innings of a match, keeping in mind that there may be less experienced umpires on duty at times. This will increase the number of unsuccessful appeals per innings for each team to three for Tests and two for the white-ball formats.
The ICC Cricket Operations team will support Match Referees when processing Code of Conduct breaches, and a neutral Elite Panel match referee will conduct any hearing remotely via video link.
Additional logo allowed:
Meanwhile, 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. As of now, logos on chests are only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.