- The International Cricket Council has made some concessions to the rules of test matches in light of the Covid-19 pandemic
- Previously, substitutes were not allowed during a test, but this will now be permitted should a player show symptoms of the dreaded virus
- The ICC has also taken a strong stance against the practice of putting saliva on the cricket ball
The sport of cricket is widely regarded as the gentleman's game and test cricket in particular is known for its history and traditions.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is notoriously loathe to change the laws when it comes to test cricket, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced their hand.
Teams were never allowed to substitute a player during a test, but this will now be allowed should any player exhibit signs of Covid-19.
The ICC's press release indicated that match referees would be able to approve the substitution on the same basis as the concussion substitute ruling.
Test cricket is set to resume, as the West Indies will be taking on England in July.
Another area of the game that will be closely monitored is that of the bowling team applying saliva to the ball.
The practice facilitates seam bowling by maintaining the shine on the ball, but has been outlawed due to the coronavirus implications.
Initially, umpires will practice leniency in the application of the new rules, but repeat offenders will be dealt with.
The ICC statement read: “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.”
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