Glenn Phillips caught smearing saliva on the ball during Test match against Bangladesh

Glenn Phillips caught smearing saliva on the ball during Test match against Bangladesh. Glenn Phillips caught using saliva twice in a single over after the first ball. The on-field umpires, however, elected not to take any action.

On the third day of the inaugural Bangladesh-New Zealand Test at Sylhet. New Zealand allrounder Glenn Phillips seen putting saliva to the ball. Despite the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ban on such practices since the previous year.

This safeguard was first impose in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and was later made permanent. The event occurred in the 34th over of Bangladesh’s second innings, when Phillips bowled against Najmul Hossain Shanto. Notably, he seen using saliva twice throughout the over, both times after the first ball.

Despite the obvious violation of regulations, the on-field umpires, Ahsan Raza and Paul Reiffel, did not interfere or take any punishment against Phillips. According to ESPNcricinfo, an ICC spokesman declined to comment on the incident, emphasizing that dealing with on-field matters is solely the responsibility of match officials.

The modification to Law 41.3, enacted in 2020 as a COVID-19 prevention measure. Permanently prohibited the use of saliva on the ball. This regulation aims to keep the game fair and to avoid ambiguities surrounding the use of chemicals such as sugary sweets to alter saliva. The updated legislation, which goes into effect on October 1, 2022, states that any use of saliva on the ball would be punished the same as other unfair means of changing the ball’s condition.

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What does Law 41.3 state?

According to MCC’s studies, banning saliva has no effect on bowlers’ ability to produce swing. Instead, players began to use perspiration to shine and polish the ball, which was just as effective. As a result, the revised Laws expressly prohibit the use of saliva, leaving no opportunity for ambiguity or circumvention. This measure strives to protect the sport’s integrity by prohibiting any unfair means of changing the state of the ball. According to Section 41.3 of the Constitution,

“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 no longer permit . ” According to MCC’s studies, this had little to no effect on the amount of swing the bowlers were obtaining. Players were using perspiration to polish the ball, which was equally effective.”

“The new Laws will not allow the use of saliva on the ball, which eliminates any grey areas of fielders eating sugary sweets to alter their saliva to apply to the ball.” Using saliva will be considered the same as any other unfair means of affecting the state of the ball.”

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