No umpire’s call, permanent ban on saliva

The MCC’s World Cricket Committee will send the ICC a mixed bag of opinions on the ongoing debate about the umpire’s call aspect of the DRS, which was in the spotlight once again after Joe Root was not given out on review off an Axar Patel delivery during the second India-England Test in Chennai last week. In the first meeting of the MCC Committee – made up of former international captains, match officials and coaches – this year, some members thought the umpire’s call was “confusing to the watching public”. Others, however, said they were satisfied with it and these opinions will now be passed on to the ICC’s Cricket Committee for further discussion.

The committee also deliberated imposing a permanent ban on rubbing saliva on the ball in the virtual meeting, a safety measure introduced into the game as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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