The novel coronavirus pandemic has opened up new dimension in the cricket world. The game has been forced to play under the bio-secure environment to ensure the health and safety of players. The application of saliva is also banned and the international players looked to have well adapted to it.
But, in a first, Sussex bowler Mitchell Claydon used hand sanitizer on the cricket ball and has been subsequently suspended. The 37-year-old right-arm medium pacer has been accused of applying hand sanitiser in a match against Middlesex last month in which he took three wickets, new agency PTI reported.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has also further opened up investigation into the matter.
“Mitch Claydon is suspended pending the outcome of an ECB allegation of placing hand sanitiser on the ball in our match against Middlesex. There will be no further comment at this stage,” Sussex said in a statement on their website.
The suspension will keep Claydon out of the 14-man squad for the match against Surrey.
Claydon, 37, is a veteran in first-class cricket. He has made 112 appearances in the format and picked up 310 wickets at an average of 31.90. He also has nine five-wicket hauls to his name.