ICC Current Affairs - 2020

What is “Ball Tampering” that is being considered by ICC recently?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering to legalize ball tampering.

Context of the News

The ICC is considering to use an artificial substance under the supervision of umpires to polish cricket balls as applying saliva risks the spread of COVID-19. The use of artificial substance has been banned in cricket.

What is ball tampering?

Ball Tampering is an action in which the player of the fielding team in cricket illegally alters the condition of the ball. It is done to achieve favourable bowling conditions against the batsman. Using sweat or spit to remove the mud or to polish the ball is common and is allowed.

Why is sweat or spit used?

The sweat or spit is used to make the ball look shiny. The technique is used by the bowlers after the ball gets older, mostly after 35 overs. The sweat or spit is used to make one side shiny and the other side rough.

Physics behind using sweat or spit

The swing of the ball depends on three factors namely climatic conditions, shiny side and behaviour of the pitch. The science of shiny side is applied in using sweat or spit.

The cricket ball creates turbulence as its swings. In conventional swing, ball moves towards the side of greater turbulence. On the other hand, during reverse swing, it goes other way. Therefore, the bowler polishes one side of the ball to make it reverse swing. This is done to create challenging conditions for the batsman.

Legislation

Under subsection 3 of the Laws of Cricket the ball shall be polished without use of artificial substances. It can be dried with towel to remove the mud in the ball.

Australia wins India by 85 runs at Women’s Twenty20 World Cup

On the eve of Women’s Day, the final match of T20 (Twenty 20) was held at Melbourne, Australia. India lost the T20 world cup to Australia.

Twenty20

The T20 was first introduced in 2003 in England. A T20 match is completed in 90 minutes. The break between the innings is 10 minutes. The T20 is conducted by ICC (International Cricket Council) once in 2 years.

ICC

The International Cricket Council is the governing body cricket matches. It was founded in 1909. The Council organizes events such as ICC T20 world cup, Women’s cricket world cup, ICC Champions Trophy, Under-19 Cricket World Cup, etc.

Ranking System

The ICC also releases international rankings based on T20 matches. In order to qualify the ranking, a team should have played at least 8 international matches. Till 2018, a separate ranking system for women’s team was not maintained by ICC. However, in 2018 ICC announced that Women’s team will have a separate ranking system based on their performances in both ODI And T20.