Eng vs WI: In a first, umpires sanitize ball after England’s Dom Sibley applies saliva by mistake

Vishnu Vasisht

During the second match of the three-Test series being played between England and the West Indies, English cricketer Dominic Sibley violated ICC rules. Sibley accidentally put saliva on the ball on the fourth day of the match. The umpires then sanitized the ball. The match between the two teams is being played in Manchester. Sibley, after making a mistake, immediately informed the teammates about it.

Captain Joe Root told the umpire about it. Before the start of the 42nd over of the West Indies innings, umpire Michael Gough was seen cleaning the ball with tissue. The ICC has implemented a new rule to protect against coronavirus. Under this, the team who made the mistake will be warned first. After repeating this action again, the umpires will warn if saliva is applied twice. A five-run penalty will also be awarded to the opponent as punishment for doing it for the third time.

Earlier in June, the ICC Chief Executive Committee (CEC) confirmed the recommendations of the Anil Kumble-led cricket committee. The aim was to reduce the risk of coronavirus. One of the recommendations included a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball. According to the rule, players will not be allowed to use saliva to shine the ball.

In the second Test, England declared their first innings after scoring 469 runs for 9 wickets. Dominic Sibley scored 120 and Ben Stokes top scored with 176. Spinner Roston Chase took 5 wickets for the West Indies. The Windies are 1-0 ahead in the series, winning the Southampton Test. If they win this match, then after 32 years, it will create a record of winning a Test series on the English soil.

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