Updated: February 25, 2021 7:39:44 am
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball on the opening day of the day-night third Test against India here 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.
Umpire warns Ben Stokes because he is putting Saliva on the ball. pic.twitter.com/6utiAjw9oA
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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 5-run penalty to the batting side.
Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires have to clean it before play recommences.
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