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ICC bans using saliva to polish balls

Prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, the International Cricket Council announced a number of changes to its playing rules, the most significant of which being a permanent prohibition on the use of saliva to polish the ball.

The ban has already been put in place by the ICC briefly as part of COVID-related protocols. But it’s currently outlawed permanently.

The amended third edition of the 2017 Code of the Laws of Cricket, which was suggested by the Men’s Cricket Committee under the leadership of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, contained improvements to the playing conditions.

The Women’s Cricket Committee, which endorsed the recommendations, was reportedly also given access to the findings and conclusions.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia next month, will be the first tournament to apply the new rules, which will go into effect on October 1, 2022.

Major Changes:

  1. Incoming batter ready to face the ball
  2. Striker’s right to play the ball
  3. Unfair movement by the fielding side
  4. Running out of the non-striker
  5. Bowler throwing towards striker’s end before delivery
  6. Use of saliva to polish the ball

Pavan Manzoor
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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.


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