The big move of the ICC committee, recommends a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball

The ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble, recommended a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball in view of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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The ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee, led by Anil Kumble, recommended a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball in view of the COVID-19 epidemic. On Monday, the committee through video conference also recommended having two non-neutral umpires again for all international matches in the meeting.

Kumble said in an ICC release, “We are going through a very uneven phase and the recommendations made by the committee are interim measures to start the game safely while retaining the basic form of cricket.”

The saliva on the cricket ball, especially the red ball, is used to create shine and gain swing from it, but it is now being seen as a health hazard.

Another important issue discussed in the meeting is to re-appoint non-neutral umpires in the bilateral series for some time. This recommendation will be placed before the ICC Board for approval.