During the 1st test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand, Glenn Phillips violated ICC rules which caused a new controversy after the 2023 World Cup.
New Zealand’s right-handed batsman found himself immersed in the boiling sea of difficulties after breaching an ICC rule.
Recently, Bangladesh created a sensation by winning the first test match of the series against New Zealand by 150 runs. Also, the hosts created history by defeating the Kiwis for the first time with a huge margin. At present, Bangladesh leads the 2-match test series with 1-0.
Najmul’s maiden century combined with the bowling combination restricted New Zealand’s powerful batting attack to secure a victory.
Moreover, Najmul Hossain Shanto as a debutant test skipper led his team brilliantly with youngsters against the toughest opponent team. With this win, Bangladesh enhance their position to the 2nd position in the World Test Championship cycle 2023-2025.
Glenn Phillips violated ICC rules at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium and is now under the scanner.
Also, the Bangladesh Team manager Nafees Iqbal conveyed to the reporters at the post-match press conference. Nafees stated that he had observed the footage and informed the incident to the higher authorities to take strict action.
During the first ball of the 34th over, Glenn Phillips violated ICC rules by applying saliva onto the ball twice. The issue came to light during the 3rd day of the test match.
The ICC prohibited applying saliva onto the ball by revising its playing conditions since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because there are possibilities of spreading infection and many teams have been following the rules to maintain the hygiene of the sport.
The match umpires initially used to issue two warnings to the teams. Later, teams adapted to the rule, incorporating their practices into both domestic as well as international cricket matches.
Shockingly, the on-field umpires Ahsan Raza and Paul Reiffel neither interfered nor took any action at that moment. The action comes under the act of “unfair play” according to the “MCC’s ( Marylebone Cricket Club) law of cricket.”
Mainly, it is the responsibility of the on-field umpire to take immediate action under such circumstances. ICC’s rule should have penalized New Zealand by awarding 5 runs to Bangladesh.
Also, an ICC Spokesperson conveyed that the match officials directly deal with the on-field incidents.
Glenn Phillips was recorded live on television while licking his fingers and applying saliva to the ball.
Law 41.3 of Cricket considers applying saliva on the ball, similar to the act of changing the ball’s condition during the match.
ICC has completely banned this action and implemented another penalty rule, which came into action on 1st October 2022.
Any player applying saliva on the ball incurs a penalty of 5 runs being awarded to the batting side. Players, as a result, apply sweat to shine the balls, a practice evident in recent matches
Similarly, in November 2022, the ODI match between Nepal and UAE witnessed the same issue. Alishan Sharafu, a Nepal cricketer was caught while applying saliva onto the ball. Based on the action during the 2nd ODI at Kirtipur, Alishan’s team has imposed a fine of awarding 5 runs to the UAE. The on-field umpire Vinay Kumar Jha and Masudur Rahman followed the ICC’s uncompromising rule to penalize Nepal.
However, the umpires didn’t implement a similar action stringently during the first test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Another reason to ban the action involves cricketers consuming sugary sweets to alter their saliva by applying it onto the ball, intending to change the ball conditions during the match.
According to MCC’s research, applying saliva to the ball doesn’t have any impact on its swing.
Conclusively, Glenn Phillips as a part-time spin bowler shouldn’t have been involved in a controversy.
As the on-field umpires haven’t taken any action, it is a warning for Glenn Phillips as well as other international cricketers to be cautious in the forthcoming matches.
Also, New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Jamieson refused to make impart about the issue. Jamieson said that he hadn’t watched the footage and would watch it after returning.
Cricketers playing an international match should have respect towards the game by maintaining the hygiene and dignity of the sport. Though Glenn Phillips violated ICC rules, the Bangladesh team still managed to win against the Kiwis with a dominating margin, despite the penalty runs not being credited into their scoreboard