Anil Kumble Current Affairs - 2020

ICC bans use of saliva to shine a Cricket Ball

On May 18, 2020, Anil Kumble led ICC (International Cricket Committee) banned the use of saliva to shine the ball. The practice meant for swing bowling is now primarily held as health risk due to the threats of COVID-19


The former Indian Cricket player Anil Kumble is the current chairman of ICC Cricket Committee. The Committee has banned use of saliva to shine a cricket ball. However, the ICC Cricket Committee saw no harm in use of sweat to shine the ball. Instead use of artificial substance to shine the ball is being considered.

Apart from this, the committee also recommended to increase use of DRS review per innings from two to three.

Why is saliva or sweat used?

The swing of the cricket ball is mainly governed by three factors namely shiny side, climatic conditions and behaviour of the pitch. The cricket ball creates turbulence as it swings. The player uses sweat or saliva to make one side look shinier. This helps to create challenging conditions to the batsman. It is legal and allowed in all matches conducted by ICC. It is called ball tampering.

Ball Tampering is usually done after the ball wears away in the second half of a match.

Types of swinging

There are two types of swinging namely conventional swinging and reverse swinging. During conventional swinging, the ball moves towards the side of greater turbulence. During reverse swinging, the ball swings the other side.

The swinging of the ball in opposite direction is mainly because, one side of the ball is shinier (or made shinier with saliva or sweat). This shinier side has reduced air friction that makes the ball swing in opposite direction creating challenging condition for the batman.

BCCI appoints Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former spinner Anil Kumble (45) as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team. He will have tenure of one year.

The decision of his selection was taken in the BCCI working committee meeting in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had proposed his name after interviewing 57 candidates.

As a head coach of Indian Cricket Team, Kumble’s first assignment will be India’s four-Test tour of West Indies.

About Anil Kumble

  • In his 18 years (from 1990 to 2008) of cricket career, he had played 132 Tests and 271 One Day Internationals (ODIs) matches.
  • Till date, he is India’s highest wicket-taker (1136 wickets). In his career, he had taken 619 test wickets and 337 ODI wickets
  • At international level, he is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800 wickets) and Shane Warne (708 wickets).
  • He is only the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker in Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings. He had achieved this feat in a test match against Pakistan in 1999 in Delhi.
  • He was appointed Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee in 2012 and still holds the position.
  • He also had served as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy and BCCI’s Technical Committee. In IPL, he had mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
  • Awards and Honours: Padma Shri (2005), Arjuna Award (1995), Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1996). He was inducted into ICC’s Cricket Hall of Fame in 2015.