COVID-19 Impact:Umpires can refuse holding bowlers caps,sweaters:Report

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Once the current uncertainty passes and life comes back to normal from the fear of Coronavirus pandemic, everything in the sports feild is unlikley to be normal.

While bowlers in cricket may be banned from shining ball by spitting their slava on it, onfield umpires may be allowed to refuse holding bowlers caps, sweaters and other belongings.

According to a report in Daily Mail, officials voiced their concerns to Chris Kelly, ECB’s umpires manager, a discussion that could result in bowlers dropping off their caps, sweaters and glasses at the boundary line, rather than handing it out to the umpires, as is the norm.00:1100:41

Umpires, however, will not be told to wear gloves during games, which could turn out to be an issue when they handle the ball to check its shape. If the games aren’t played behind closed doors, a six that lands in the public could pose a threat to the umpire when checking the condition of the ball. Yet, the decision to don gloves, or other protective equipment to reduce the chances of virus transmission, would rest with the umpires themselves.

It remains to be seen if and when these directives will be put into place, as cricket’s long-drawn suspension continues with little clarity over when the sport can possibly resume.

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