The ICC has approved a series of interim rule changes which will include provision for Test cricket teams to display sponsor logos on the front of playing shirts.
The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) ratified a series of steps to help the sport through the coronavirus pandemic, including health and safety measures as well as those aimed at mitigating the financial impact the lockdown will have.
The CEC has relaxed rules on teams wearing logos on match wear in Test cricket for the next 12 months, stating that a logo ‘not exceeding 32 square inches in size’ can be displayed on shirts and sweaters, in addition to the three logos which are already allowed on the kit.
Logos on the chest of shirts are currently allowed in One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals.
Meanwhile, teams will be able to replace a player showing COVID-19 symptoms in a similar fashion to rules already in place around concussion, where the match referee can approve a like-for-like replacement. The ICC has also confirmed that there will be a ban on applying saliva to the ball, which will initially be enforced with warnings but a five-run penalty will ultimately be handed out to teams after a third offence. Match officials will clean the ball after each offence.
The ICC has also made provision for non-neutral umpires to be present at matches in order to limit travel, and will appoint a local match official to the umpire team.
In order to allow for the fact that there may be ‘less experienced umpires on duty at times,’ the ICC has also temporarily allowed each team to receive one extra unsuccessful DRS call per innings.