It is quite late to talk about this, anyway, ICC started noticing this weird common practice now. They however clarified it now that there are no more boiled sweets, but sweat is fine. The cricket committee, which is now chaired by the former celebrated Indian spinner Anil Kumble, has decided to recommend that the use of saliva to polish a cricket ball should be prohibited for the foreseeable future.
On the flip side, the medical advice is that it is highly unlikely that coronavirus can be transmitted through sweat and the committee saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat to polish the ball.
The new regulations demand bowlers as well as the designated ball-shiner of every Test team to change the habits of a lifetime and not to lick their fingers upon receipt of the cricket ball.
Now that the players are habituated to this, it could be a hard change to make and the new rules will be tough to police for the umpires since the assumption is that any transgression by the fielding side will be an unwitting one. Hopefully, the penalty for offending bowlers will not be so draconian as for running on the pitch after delivering the ball.
In addition to this, this new addition will be another burden for the umpires, who will experience another change. For the first time since 2002, there will not be “neutral umpires” standing in Test matches. A combination of challenges over international travel, limited commercial flights, and mandatory quarantine periods means that the committee has recommended that local match officials be appointed in Test cricket for the time being.
On the cricket front, if England can fulfill their ambitions to play the Test series against West Indies and Pakistan in the current month, and August, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong are likely to stand in the team. There may even be a call to the recently retired Ian Gould.