ICC guidelines for resumption of cricket
Published: 15:47 23 May 2020
ICC guidelines for resumption of cricket
All kinds of cricket activities are shut due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic but cricket boards are trying to bring cricket back to the field. To resumption of cricket teams must follow the new guidelines of the ICC. The apex body of cricket has already issued various effective guidelines in consultation with the medical representatives for the resumption of domestic and international cricket.
The ICC issued a statement on Friday issuing multiple warnings. The statement said each country's cricket board should appoint a chief medical officer. According to the company, cricketers will be able to cope with everything if they have a team of medical experts.
From now on, each member state will have to consider an isolation camp of at least 14 days before the visit, in line with the new ICC rules. Each cricketer's body temperature will be measured and Covid-19 will be tested. Coronavirus has also been asked to test in practice matches.
Big guidelines are coming for on-field umpires. Umpires need to wear gloves. Because the umpires have to catch the ball again and again. Especially in limited-overs matches, the ball has to be returned to the umpire after every over. As a result, they may be at risk. That is why the ICC has come up with such an idea. Besides, cricketers should not hand over sweaters, hats or towels to the umpires.
The ICC guidelines say that cricketers should always keep a distance of one and a half meters on the field. The practice is said to be practised in small groups to keep the distance. Even the use of toilets during practice has been discouraged. Asked to come fully prepared for practice.
The board has also said that if any player in a match shows symptoms of Covid-19, then every participant of that game will require tests and a period in isolation as they would've been in close proximity with the affected player, and could have contracted the virus.
The guidelines on cricket tours have been tightened. Each party has to follow the instructions of the government of their country.
The boards have to arrange chartered flights. The social distance must be maintained on the flight. Besides, you have to fix the floor of the hotel during the tour.
Cricketers have been advised to keep sanitizers along with other personal belongings and to use them at all times. The ICC has spoken of special arrangements for bowlers. Where bowlers may be more prone to injuries after a long break. You have to be careful about that. They also said that it would be better if the bowlers could get five to six weeks of full practice before returning to the match. In addition, special attention has been asked to the elderly members involved in cricket.
Each team will start practising in four steps. Going from one step to another will depend on the government's restrictions. Stage 1 involves individual skill-based training, which England have already begun for their bowlers. Next stage should kick in with practice in small groups (of less than three players) while adhering to social distancing norms. Stage 3 can have a slightly bigger group of players and a coach (less than 10) while stage 4 will involve squad-based training while maintaining a safe distance from each other.
Also, the load and intensity of training for the players should be progressive across the stages in order to avoid the risk of injuries. Earlier, the ICC Cricket Committee had recommended that the ball should not be spitted with saliva to avoid coronavirus infection.
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