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ICC boss says ban on spit-shining ball only a 'temporary measure' for COVID-19 crisis

May 26, 2020 11:25 am
A bowler holds a cricket ball. [Source: TVNZ]

A recommendation banning the use of saliva to shine a cricket ball when the sport resumes after the novel coronavirus shutdown is only a temporary measure.

This has been highlighted by Anil Kumble, the chairman of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee.

Cricketers have used the age-old method of shining one side of the ball with a combination of saliva and sweat to help bowlers generate more movement in the air as it travels towards the batsman.

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However, as part of efforts aimed at minimizing the risk of spreading the virus, the governing body’s cricket committee has recommended the ban on using spit.

Australia quick Pat Cummins has said cricket’s lawmakers should approve the use of an artificial substance to shine the ball if the ban on saliva was enacted, while compatriot Josh Hazlewood has said it would difficult to police such a ban.

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