‘Bowlers need at least two months practice to play Tests’ ICC guidelines


Karachi: The International Cricket Council has issued guidelines for the resumption of cricket and has said that the bowlers will need a minimum of two months of practice before they return to play Test cricket.

Just like every other sport, cricket has also been halted by the coronavirus pandemic and the players have not done intense training since March.

“Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the ICC said.

“When looking at timescales, consideration needs to be given to the age and physical preparedness as this will influence the risk and length of time required to develop appropriate bowling loads that will allow a safe and effective return to international cricket.” the ICC added.

The ICC suggested that teams would need to exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads to avoid serious injuries. The ICC has recommended the practice of six weeks for the bowlers to return to white-ball cricket.

ICC has also advised the cricket boards to appoint medical officers or bio-safety officials to help their players return safely to training and competition.

Players and umpires should maintain social distancing on the cricket field and that includes no handing over of player items (cap, towels, sunglasses, jumpers) to the umpire or teammates.

The ICC also said that celebrations with body contact along with sharing drinks, towels, bottles, and equipment are likely the riskiest elements of contact the virus so it has been strongly discouraged.

The ICC once again repeated the recommendation of the ICC Cricket Committee that no saliva should be applied on the ball. Only sweat should be applied to shine the ball.

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