Ban on ball shining by saliva is temporary,says ICC

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Clearing the confusion International Cricket Council has said that ban on ball shining using saliva is temporary step and their is no need for allowing use of wax.

This was said by the the head of the International Cricket Council’s influential Cricket Committee who had earlier proposed ban on saliva use.

Anil Kumble, the former India spinner who now chairs the 16-person committee, said saliva could not be permanently banned, but stressed the governing body was strongly against allowing any artificial substances into the game.

“This is only an interim measure and as long as we have, hopefully, control over COVID in a few months or a year’s time then I think things will go back to as normal as it can be,” Kumble told the Star Sports television channel.

“We have been very critical and we have been very focused on eliminating any external substances coming into the game