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Bangladesh vs New Zealand first Test scorecard, Glenn Phillips appears to apply saliva to match ball, video, highlights

New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Phillips has been accused of applying saliva to the match ball during the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet. The incident occurred on day three of the series opener at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, when camera footage captured the moment Phillips appeared to use saliva on the ball during the 34th over of Bangladesh’s second innings. The on-field umpires did not take any action at the time, but Bangladesh team manager Nafees Iqbal confirmed he had seen the footage and informed the fourth official.

Applying saliva to the match ball was common practice before the Covid-19 pandemic, but Law 41.3 was updated in October 2022, banning the practice. In November last year, United Arab Emirates cricketer Alishan Sharafu was caught applying saliva on the ball during an ODI against Nepal, and his opponents were awarded five penalty runs.

The use of saliva on the ball has been a contentious issue since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as it was believed to increase the risk of transmission of the virus. In response, the International Cricket Council (ICC) amended their laws to prohibit the use of saliva to shine the ball, in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

In Phillips’ case, the incident raises questions about the application and enforcement of the updated laws regarding the use of saliva on the ball. While the on-field umpires did not take any action at the time, the Bangladesh team manager reported the incident to the fourth official, suggesting a desire to uphold the new regulations.

The accusation against Phillips also brings into focus the importance of players and teams adhering to the revised laws around ball maintenance, in order to maintain the integrity and safety of the game. The incident highlights the need for vigilant monitoring and adherence to the new regulations by both players and officials.

As the cricketing community continues to navigate the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential for all stakeholders to prioritize the health and safety of players and officials. The accusations against Phillips serve as a reminder of the importance of upholding and enforcing the updated laws regarding ball maintenance, in order to ensure a safe and fair playing environment for all involved.

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