After several delays due to a novel coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Premier League finally kick-started in the United Arab Emirates. Ahead of the IPL, International Cricket Council issued a series of guidelines for the players to follow.
One of the important guidelines was about the usage of saliva. The global cricket body announced that cricketers shouldn’t use their saliva on the ball in a bid to avoid catching the virus.
The usage of saliva on the ball is strictly prohibited in the Indian Premier League. Even the cricketers are following the same and are making sure that they don’t apply saliva on the ball.
Virat Kohli almost uses saliva on the cricket ball
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, almost committed a mistake during the game against Delhi Capitals. RCB skipper Virat Kohli, on Monday almost used his saliva on the ball. However, he immediately pulls himself before making a mistake.
The incident happened during the third over of the innings after RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first. Prithvi Shaw hit full-length delivery from Navdeep Saini straight into the hands of the RCB captain who was positioned in the short cover region.
Soon after the RCB captain collected the ball, he almost applied the saliva to it. Kohli also confirmed that he didn’t use saliva and had a big smile on his face. He handed the ball back to the bowler.
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What will umpires do if players apply saliva to the ball?
According to the ICC, if cricketers apply saliva to the ball during the match, then umpires need to follow certain rules and regulations. The on-field umpires will have to sanitize the ball before the start of the play.
In addition, the team will be given a warning ‘two times’ as far as this case is concerned. In case if the action repeats for the third consecutive time then the team will be slapped with a penalty of 5 runs.
However, no such development took place by far since cricket resumed. In the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, few players were caught on camera applying saliva on the ball accidentally.
Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra was on the receiving end of trolls after he used saliva on the cricket ball. Even the on-field umpires failed to take notice of this and didn’t sanitize the ball.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals’ player Robin Uthappa was also caught on camera applying saliva to the ball during the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Uthappa came under fire for violating the ICC’s coronavirus guidelines.