The ICC are considering allowing “legalised ball-tampering” once cricket resumes, according to ESPNcricinfo’s Daniel Brettig.

Under the supervision of umpires, the rule change would allow teams to use “artificial substances” to shine the ball in order to help generate swing or reverse swing until the COVID-19 pandemic ceases.

It would stop the use of saliva or sweat to shine one side of the ball, minimising the risk of spreading the virus while preserving the health and safety of the players.

Cricket worldwide has been shut down, forcing the cancellation of Australia’s Test tour of Bangladesh in June and the indefinite suspension of the IPL.

The irony in all of this is Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed lengthy bans for ball-tampering during the infamous Cape Town Test match in 2018.

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