ICC (International Cricket Council) on Tuesday approved replacement of players showing Covid-19 symptoms during match.
The sports industry has gone on a hault due to Coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic will change the sports and the way people look at sports. Everyday there is some new set rules coming out from the Government. To keep the players safe & secure from Coronavirus ICC has now allowed replacement of players who are showing symptoms of Covid-19. Although the replacement is restricted to only Test cricket.
ICC in its official website released a statement saying, “Teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement.”
ICC also issued a ban on use of saliva to shina the ball. ICC in a statement said,”Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.”
This can be difficult for players as they are acquitted to use saliva. It will take time for the players to adjust with the situation and playing conditions. Regular use of saliva on the ball can cause heavy penalty on the team.
The West Indies team have arrived in England and are all set to play matches from July. Strict rules will be followed and players will be kept on bio secure environment with 14 days of quarantine. All the social distancing measures and precautions will be followed during the match. On 10th June ICC is all set to take a final decision regarding ICC T20 World Cup.