Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir was seen using saliva on multiple occasions in the first over itself of the England vs Pakistan’s T20I match held in Manchester. The speedster was spotted by the television cameras licking his fingers as he was trudging back to his bowling mark.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has barred the use of saliva as a precautionary measure in the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has affected millions worldwide. The no saliva rule was enacted since the resumption of international cricket in July 2020.
Mohammad Amir, who wasn’t the part of Pakistan’s Test squad (given to his retirement) which played against England and was instead picked for the T20 series. He returns to international cricket after the pandemic forced lockdown with this series, which may be a reason for him forgetting the rule due to a habit.
Mohammad Amir watched using saliva despite a ban:
The Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir was caught by the cameras licking his fingers. The ICC’s saliva ban prohibits players to use it and can lead to initial warnings and penalty for the team. The ICC has however allowed the use of sweat to keep the shine of the ball.
“If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning,” the ICC had said.
“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences,” it added.
However, Cricket Australia has not allowed the players to use sweat from anywhere near their face based on medical advice, as a prevention from the virus to spread. In such a case the players will have to use sweat from their stomach or back to maintain the shine of the ball.
England vs Pakistan, Match 1 of the T20I series abandoned
The first match of the England vs Pakistan T20I series at the Old Trafford was abandoned due to rain. This is the third consecutive match between the two sides being abandoned due to rain. The other two matches came in the test series which the sides played before the T20 series.
England had made 131/6 in 16 overs when the match was called off due to rain. The other two T20 matches in the series will also be played at the same venue of Old Trafford in Manchester.