International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed some interim changes to its playing regulations due to the outbreak of Covid-19. The changes include ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball and Coronavirus replacements.
These changes have been made to ensure the safety of cricketers and umpires when cricket resumes.
ICC's media release on July 9 stated that teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of Covid-19. But unlike concussion replacements, Coronavirus replacements won't be applicable in ODIs and T20Is.
The use of saliva to shine the ball has been banned and teams can be issued up to two warnings per innings. But repeated use of saliva will result in a five-run penalty to the batting team.
ICC will appoint local match officials instead of neutral officials due to current restrictions on international travelling.
The media release further said that the number of reviews teams can take will be increased to three for Tests and two for ODIs and T20Is.
Meanwhile, the chief executive committee has also approved the use of apparel logos on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater. As per previous rule, logos on chests were only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.