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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that cricket balls will be replaced by the fourth umpire if it goes in the stands or outside the stadium during the IPL matches in UAE, which is set to begin September 19.
It was confirmed in the health and safety protocols released by the Indian board to all IPL teams.
“If the cricket ball goes in the stands or outside the stadium, the fourth umpire will provide a replacement from the library of cricket balls. The previous ball when returned will be sanitized with alcohol-based wipes and/or UV-C by the fourth umpire and placed in the library,” as per the BCCI.
Earlier, the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was indefinitely postponed due to a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubble.
According to the BCCI, new scientific research of cricket balls found that the probability of coronavirus transmission through the balls is extremely low. However, it is known that the board does not wish to take any risks this time.
ICC Executive Committee had earlier banned the use of saliva during the Covid-19 era. BCCI added that the players will also be prohibited to spit on the field.