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Saliva ban interim measure till Covid-19 brought under control: Anil Kumble

The ban on saliva has elicited mixed response from the bowlers, who said it would definitely come in the way of generating swing

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Anil Kumble cited the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, which led to bans on Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft

Press Trust of India New Delhi
ICC cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble says the recommendation to ban saliva for shining the ball is only an interim measure and "things will go back to normal" once the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control.

The Kumble-led panel recommended a ban on saliva to minimise the risk of infection. On Friday, the ICC, in its guidelines for resumption of the game, also suggested a bar on the practice.

"...this is only an interim measure and as long as we have hopefully control over Covid-19 in a few months or a year's time then I think things will go back

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First Published: May 24 2020 | 2:22 PM IST

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