IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes was seen making use of saliva to the ball on Day 1 of third Take a look at.© BCCI
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen making use of saliva on the ball on the opening day of the day-night third Test against India in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, following which the ball needed to be sanitised. The incident befell on the finish of the twelfth over when Stokes was seen utilizing saliva to shine the ball, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was subsequently sanitised. The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the usage of saliva to shine the ball as a result of COVID-19 pandemic in June final 12 months.
As per the ICC’s COVID-19 rules, a staff could be issued as much as two warnings per innings however repeated use of saliva on the ball will lead to a five-run penalty to the batting aspect.
Every time saliva is utilized to the ball, the umpires have to scrub it earlier than play recommences.
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