India vs England: Ben Stokes Seen Applying Saliva To The Ball, Umpire Has A Word With Him
India vs England: Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva to the ball, a practice banned by International Cricket Council in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
Ben Stokes was seen applyin saliva to the ball on Day 1 of 3rd India Test
Using saliva on the ball is banned by the ICC due to COVID-19 pandemic
Stokes was spoken to by on-field umpire Nitin Menon after the incident
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball on the opening day of the day-night third Test against India in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, following which the ball had to be sanitised. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over when Stokes was seen using saliva to shine the ball, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was subsequently sanitised. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the COVID-19 pandemic in June last year.
As per the ICC's COVID-19 regulations, a team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a five-run penalty to the batting side.
Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires have to clean it before play recommences.