The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended the use of saliva to shine the ball is prohibited to mitigate the risks posed by Covid-19 when international cricket returns.
During a meeting over a video conference, the committee also pushed for bringing back two non-neutral umpires for all internationals matches.

We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the committee made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game,” Kumble said in an ICC release.


The use of saliva to shine the cricket ball, especially in the red-ball format, is primarily meant for swing bowling but the practice is now being seen as a health risk. 

As the ICC last month contemplated banning the use of saliva as a safety measure in what is expected to be a very different world, it is subjected to a fierce debate in the cricket community