Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has said that using saliva to shine the ball would be treated as an unfair practice.

“The new laws will not permit the use of saliva on the ball, which also removes any grey areas where fielders eating sugary sweets alter their saliva to apply to the ball,” the MCC said in a statement.

“Using saliva will be treated the same way as any other unfair method of changing the condition of the ball.”


In the new rules approved by the MCC, cricketers will not be allowed to use saliva to shine the ball, and the “Mankad” method of dismissing batters will not be classed as unfair play.

The basic meaning of the term “Mankad” is that a bowler can run out the non-striker batsman if he tries to step out of the crease when the bowler releases the ball.