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Umpires sanitize ball after Dominic Sibley's saliva gaffe

The on-field umpires were forced to disinfect the match ball after Dominic Sibley inadvertently applied saliva

Dominic Sibley

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 July 2020 8:07 AM GMT

MANCHESTER: The on-field umpires were forced to disinfect the match ball after Dominic Sibley inadvertently applied saliva on the cherry during the fourth day of the second #raisethebat series between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. Before the start of the 42nd over of the visitors' innings, umpire Michael Gough was seen unwrapping a tissue and he subsequently rubbed it on both sides of the ball. It was later revealed that Sibley had accidentally applied saliva on the ball and the home side brought the matter immediately to the notice of the umpires, who went ahead and sanitised the ball. The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee chaired by Anil Kumble had earlier recommended banning the usage of saliva to polish the match ball in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. IANS

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