Coronavirus: Cricket committee to discuss future protocols tomorrow

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By Sports Correspondent

KARACHI: The Cricket Committee of International Cricket Council, headed by former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble, will meet on Monday via video-conference to discuss the protocols cricketers will have to follow when they return to the cricket field following the COVID-19 outbreak.

A source in the ICC confirmed to Geo.tv that the medical advisory committee, headed by Dr Peter Harcourt, will also join the video conference to share ideas on how to move forward in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The cricket committee is likely to discuss whether to allow application of saliva and sweat to shine the ball and will take the medical committee’s input on the matter to discuss if it is unsafe.

The medical panel, last month, had discussed the dangers of using saliva to polish the ball during the chief executives’ committee meeting. The topic has been under discussion in cricketing circles since the outbreak began and people started discussing safety measures. The Australian government has already placed a ban on the use of sweat or saliva to shine the ball.

Pakistan’s former captain Waqar Younis says it will be difficult for players to avoid something which has become their habit over the years. Another former all-rounder, Azhar Mahmood, had said that ICC should provide some alternate if use of sweat of saliva is to be banned.

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