ICC Cricket Committee interim regulation changes approved by CEC

In May ICC Cricket Committee have recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball and appointment of non-neutral umpires and referees.

ICC Cricket Committee interim regulation changes approved by CEC
ICC Cricket Committee interim regulation changes approved by CEC
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ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) approved the temporary changes recommended by ICC Cricket Committee led by Anil Kumble.

In May ICC Cricket Committee have recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the ball and appointment of non-neutral umpires and referees which is now approved by ICC.

Regulation changes approved by ICC are:

COVID-19 replacement

Teams will be allowed to replace players showing OCVID-19 symptoms during a Test match. The replacement will be approved by match referee same as in case of concussion replacements.

COVID-19 replacement will not be applicable during an ODI or T20 matches.

Ban on use of saliva to shine ball

ICC imposed a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball. 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.

Initially, some leniency will be given but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.

Non-Neutral umpires and match referee

As international travels are banned in several countries and also guidelines of the mandatory quarantine period, the local match officials can be appointed in the brief term.

According to the new regulation the ICC will be able to appoint locally based match officials from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials.

Additional DRS review

The number of DRS reviews have been increased to three in Tests and two in limited over cricket per innings for each team. This is implemented to avoid decision as inexperienced local umpires will be appointed.

Code of Conduct hearing through video

The ICC Cricket Operations team will support Match Referees when processing Code of Conduct breaches, and a neutral Elite Panel match referee will conduct any hearing remotely via video link.

Additional logo on Test match shirt

ICC have also allowed to but an additional logo, not exceeding 32 square inches in size on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater in addition to the three other logos allowed as per regulations. As of now, logos on chests are only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.