Dubai: Rajasthan Royals batsman Robin Uthappa appears to have disregarded COVID-19 rules for the IPL on Wednesday as he was by all accounts applying saliva on the ball in a match versus Kolkata Knight Riders at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
In video recordings that surfaced on social media during the match, Robin Uthappa can be seen getting the ball during the third over of the match, move his fingers towards his mouth before applying saliva quickly on the ball.
Prohibition on the utilization of spit is one of the listed rules that the International Cricket Council (ICC) put out for the continuation of cricket in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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There have, in any case, been cases when players have fallen short of the rule. In the IPL, Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra was detected applying spit on the ball during a match against SunRisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.
In August, Mohammad Amir, Pakistan fast bowler was seen adding spit on the ball during their three-match T20I series.
Players have talked about the requirement for them to bring an end to the habit of utilizing spit in the days since the ICC declaration.
Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians Director of Cricket Operations stated: Cricket balls and all that, yes, we have to be little careful of and get used to not using the saliva as well. So past habits, at times, just sneaks in as bowlers. So, we will have to be watchful of that.