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Mohammad Amir caught using saliva on the ball during the first T20

Mohammad Amir caught using saliva on the ball during the first T20I against England

The cameras caught Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir applying saliva on the ball during the first T20I between England and Pakistan.

In the recently concluded first T20 between England and Pakistan, the broadcasting camera caught Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir shining the ball using his saliva. 

The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed some strict rules before international cricket resumed in July after the COVID-19 pandemic break. The ICC banned the usage of saliva for shinning the ball. However, players can use sweat as an alternative for shinning the ball.

During the first T20I, Amir repeatedly used saliva to shine the ball on many occasions. Earlier, during the Test series between England and West Indies, Dom Sibley used his saliva on the ball. Noticing it, the umpires quickly disinfected the leather. 

Mohammad Amir caught using saliva on the ball during the first T20I against England

However, during the first T20I, the on-field umpires neglected Amir’s actions. They showed no intention of reprimanding him.

According to the new ICC rules, “The officials will not permit the players 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.

A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball 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.”

Coming to the match, Amir had a decent outing with the ball. He gave away just 4 runs off 13 balls at an economy rate of 6.50. He also bowled beautifully in the powerplay.

The First T20I had to be abandoned due to incessant rain

The game was nicely poised to turn out as a thrilling encounter. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. England went off to a lightning start with the bat. They scored 131 runs for the loss of six wickets in 16.1 overs. 

Tom Banton was the man of the moment fro England. He scored 71 runs in 42 balls. He smacked four fours and six sixes during his innings. The other batsmen failed to keep up with the momentum.

Imad Wasim was the start with the ball for Pakistan. He scalped two wickets, which included the wicket of the dangerous looking Banton. Shadab Khan also picked up two wickets. 

Then, Rain played spoilsport and the match could not carry on. Both the teams will face each other in the second T20I on Sunday, August 30 at the same venue.

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