Robin Uthappa was seen applying saliva to the ball in the match against KKR on Wednesday Credit: Twitter Image

In a violation of the International Cricket Council’s COVID protocols, Rajasthan Royals and India batsman Robin Uthappa, on Wednesday was seen applying saliva on the ball during match number 12 of the ongoing Indian Premier League against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The incident took place in the fifth ball of the third over, right after Uthappa dropped KKR opener Sunil Narine off Jaidev Unadkad’s bowling at the mid-on region. Soon after collecting the ball, Uthappa was seen applying saliva on the ball, and the video of the same as gone viral on social media.

The ICC had banned the use of saliva on the ball in June this year, keeping in mind the pandemic outbreak.

In a statement released by the ICC earlier this year, it read “Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning”

According to the statement released by the ICC, a team will be issued up to two warnings per innings, but the repeated use of saliva on the ball will eventually result in a 5-run penalty to their batting score, and whenever saliva is applied on the ball, the umpires should clean the ball before play resumes.

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As of now, the IPL authority has not issued any statement on the incident yet, and there has been no update as well about any penalties or warnings received by Uthappa the Rajasthan Royals.

Rajasthan Royals went on to lose the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders by 37 runs after a young and disciplined KKR bowling attack cleaned up the confident RR batting line up, at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.

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