Changes to cricket rules

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Cricketers will not be allowed to use saliva to shine the ball, while the “Mankad” is now legal.

Cricketers have used the age-old method of shining one side of the ball with saliva and sweat to help bowlers generate more movement in the air as it travels towards batters.

The new laws make permanent a ban on applying saliva to the ball due to health reasons, implemented when men’s cricket resumed after a COVID-19 suspension in July 2020.

The “Mankad” dismissal is when the bowler takes off bails when a non-striker steps out of the crease instead of completing his delivery to the batter on strike.

The dismissal is named after India bowler Vinoo Mankad who ran out Australia’s Bill Brown in similar fashion in 1947.

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