The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed changes to playing regulations, including a ban on the use of saliva to the ball, additional DRS reviews, and allowing non-neutral umpires. The ratifications are aimed at mitigating the risk posed by COVID-19 and protect players and match officials when the cricket resumes.

Ban on applying Saliva on ball

Players are banned from applying saliva to shine the ball. In case if players are found breaching the rule, a 5-run penalty will be awarded to the batting side. A team can be issued up to two warnings. The ball will be cleaned before play restarts.

Coronavirus Replacements

Teams will be able to replace players showing signs of COVID-19 during Tests (not T20Is or ODIs). The Match Referee will approve concussion replacement.

Non-Neutral Umpires

Appointment of neutral match officials will be temporarily removed from all international formats. Local match officials will be appointed by the ICC.

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Additional DRS reviews

There will be an additional unsuccessful DRS review for each team in each innings of a match. It will increase unsuccessful appeals in Tests to three per innings for each team and two in white-ball cricket.


Additional Logo allowed. The Cricket Executive Committee has also approved the relaxation of rules for logo on a jersey for the next 12 months. A logo of 32-inch may be placed on the chest of the Test match apparel in addition to the other three logos as per regulations.

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