Owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, we might see the legalisation of ball-tampering when cricket resumes reported ESPNcricinfo.
The administrators seemed to be considering allowing the use of the external substance to polish the ball under the supervision of the umpires, especially in Test Cricket, reported ESPNcricinfo.
It was said that the possibility of allowing external substance to keep the shine of the ball post-Cornavirus was raised by the ICC’s medical committee. This comes after the speculation on banning the use of saliva for shining the ball as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the pandemic.
A significant number of bowlers expressed their concern over the ban of using saliva, which will have an impact on their bowling and the lack of ball movement as the match progresses.
Ball-Tampering is one of the biggest Taboos in cricket. Earlier in 2018, David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were banned for one year using sandpaper for altering the condition of the ball.
If it was to be allowed, then it could be a big breaking decision that might change the way ball-tampering is looked at and how boards approach the issue.
More to follow..