REPORTS: Legalisation of the Ball Tampering might be considered by ICC in the Future

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In Cricket rules keep on modifying and some rules are in favor of batsman whereas some rule is in favor of bowler.

There is a new rule which has come into existence lets us know about the same in detail. However, this rule that we are revealing you is under progress and  ICC medical committee is considering all options to whether to use this rule or not.

As we know the artificial substance is used to polish the cricket ball which effectively means ball tempering could be considered as legalization when the game resumed after COVID 19 pandemic that has made bowlers wary of applying saliva on the red cherry.

However the reports came from ESPNCricinfo revealed that “They are considering the option to use the agreed artificial substance to polish the cricket ball under the supervision of the umpire” which amounts to the ball- tempering as per the current rules governing the sport.

As ICC medical committee raised questions that the use of saliva is unsafe and we will address this in detail once the cricket resumes again.

But the questions arise if this rule comes into play don’t you think it will be unfair on the players as shining the ball is an integral part of Test Cricket as it helps the bowlers swing the ball, both conventional and reverse.

If the move gets the go-ahead, it would be quite ironic for the game’s administrators after the 2018 ball-tampering controversy which led to one-year bans on Steve Smith and David Warner for conspiring to use sandpaper to alter the ball.

Following the ICC meeting on Thursday, its medical committee, head Peter Court had issued an update.

“Our next step is to create a roadmap for the resumption of international cricket which will include criteria for decision making and a checklist for what needs to happen.

“This will consider everything from player preparation to government restrictions and advisories and bio-bubbles. The scale and complexity of getting cricket started again cannot be underestimated particularly with respect to a global event,” Harcourt said.

However, Australian Fast Bowler Josh Hazlewood, said recently with these rules applied in Test Cricket it will be difficult for the bowler to move the ball.

“I think the white ball would be fine, (but) Test cricket would be very hard. Bowlers rely on any sort of sideways movement in the air,” said Hazlewood.

“If you didn’t maintain the ball at all for 80 overs it would be quite easy to bat after that initial shine has gone. Whether you use saliva or sweat, maybe one person can do it,” he added. 

However Former Indian Pacer Venkatesh Prasad supports the idea of not using saliva on the ball. 

When the action resumes after combating this virus they should only use sweat for some time as the safety of the player is of paramount importance” however he said that “It will difficult for bowler initially as suddenly coming into the groove of the rule will be difficult for the bowler.”


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