ICC approves Covid-19 substitutes for Test Matches, additional DRS reviews
The International Cricket Council (ICC), approves the Covid-19 Substitutes for Test Matches and added additional DRS reviews on Tuesday through a press release. ICC confirmed interim changes to its gaming regulations, including banning the use of saliva to make the ball shine and allowing home referees in international series.
The ICC’s Chief Executive Committee (CEC) ratified the recommendations of the Cricket Committee led by Anil Kumble, with the aim of mitigating the risks posed by the Covid-19 virus and protecting the safety of players and match officials when cricket resumes.
Covid-19 Replacements: Teams will be able to replace players who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms during a test match. In line with concussion replacements, the match referee will approve the nearest equal replacement.
However, the regulation for Covid-19 replacements will not apply in ODI and T20I.
Prohibition of applying saliva to the ball: Players will not be able to use saliva to make the ball shine. If a player applies saliva to the ball, the referees will handle the situation with some clemency during an initial adjustment period for the players, but subsequent instances will cause the team to receive a warning.
A team can receive up to two warnings per entry, but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty for batting. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, referees will be instructed to clean the ball before the game begins.
Non-neutral referees: The requirement to appoint neutral match officers will be temporarily removed from the playing conditions for all international formats due to current logistical challenges with international travel. The ICC may appoint local party officials from the Emirates ICC Elite Party Officers Panel and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Party Officers.
Additional DRS Reviews: The CCA also confirmed an additional revision of failed DRS for each team in each inning of a match, taking into account that there may sometimes be referees with less service experience. This will increase the number of failed appeals for each entry for each team to three for The Tests and two for the white-ball formats.
ICC’s Cricket Operations team will support Match Referees when processing the Code of Conduct violations and a neutral Arbitrator of Elite Panel Match will conduct any hearing remotely via the video link.