THIS is why bowlers can't use saliva on ball now

London: 

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of cricket laws, has made amendments in the cricket rules that has banned the use of saliva to shine the ball. The new rules will come into effect from October. 

Ban on Shining the Ball – 

Applying saliva on the ball was banned during the period of COVID-19 due to hygienic reasons and in the new updated rules by MCC, this practise will be considered as “unfair play”. Earlier, it was believed that applying saliva gives more swing but the recent MCC’s research found it otherwise. It has presented that the use of saliva on the ball have little or no impact on the swing, thus this will be not permitted anymore. 

“When cricket resumed following the onset of Covid-19, playing conditions were written in most forms of the game stating that applying saliva to the ball was no longer permitted,” said MCC in media statement.

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“MCC’s research found that this had little or no impact on the amount of swing the bowlers were getting. Players were using sweat to polish the ball, and this was equally effective.

The new Laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball. Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair methods of changing the condition of the ball,” it asserted.

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