England‘s Dom Sibley has become the first cricketer to breach the no-saliva rule during the fourth day’s play of their ongoing 2nd Test against West Indies in Manchester. The two on-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth examined the ball before applying a disinfectant wipe after Sibley himself admitted to the transgression.Also Read - Weekend Lockdown in Kerala Begins From Today: Check Complete List of Guidelines Here
The incident occurred during the penultimate over of the morning session’s play on Sunday with Dom Bess on his bowling mark. Also Read - NEET 2021 BIG UPDATE: This Is What Central Government Said On Entrance Exams | Important Details Here
Under the new ICC rules, the only sweat can be used to shine the ball as part of the governing authority’s biosecure protocols. Saliva is considered to be a career of the coronavirus, hence the age-old practice has been done away with for the time being. Also Read - Guru Purnima 2021: Only 'Symbolic Snan' Allowed in Haridwar; Negative RT-PCR Report Must For Devotees
As per the new rules, umpires will issue two official warnings to a team found in breach of saliva ban before docking them five runs as part of penalty.
Their was a raging debate on banning saliva with fears that bowlers will be at a disadvantage for not being able to generate swing. The ICC Technical Committee leg by the legendary Anil Kumble eventually announced several rule changes including saliva ban that were put in place due to the extraordinary circumstances of coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, England pacer Jofra Archer has been permitted to do outdoor exercise days after he was found guilty of breaching biosecurity protocols. Archer visited his home while travelling from Southampton to Manchester for the start of the second Test and was dropped from the England squad hours before the start of the contest.
He has been asked to remain in self-isolation for five days during which he will be twice tested for the coronavirus and should both the report be negative, then only he will be permitted to join his England teammates.