ICC issues guidelines for resumption cricket

Online Staff/Guwahati, May 22: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax.
“ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket and international cricket.
In a media release the ICC said that the guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather it provides a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of infection with the COVID-19 virus.
The ICC advises its members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies in consultation with local and national government before start the cricket activity.
Some of the key features of the guide lines:
1.Health and temperature checks should be monitored for all participants at training and match venues.
2. A phased approach to resuming training activity starting with solo training followed by small group activities and thereafter larger groups and full training (in compliance with government restrictions).
3. The load and intensity of training over the stages should be progressive to prevent injury.
4. Review domestic playing conditions to minimize risks associated with playing during this CV-19 period.
5. Consider rule amendments to allow for the safe management of the ball.
6. Regular hand sanitizing when in contact with the ball
7. Do not touch eyes, nose, and mouth after making contact with the ball
8. Saliva should not be used on the ball
9. Umpires to consider wearing gloves when handling the ball.
10. Physical distancing of spectators by limiting entry numbers, controlling seating and guiding corridor movement of crowds.
11: Personal equipment should be sanitized before and after use (training and competition). The use of external equipment should be limited where possible.
12. On-field protocols: No unnecessary body contact and no handing over items (cap, towels, sunglasses etc.) to umpires or teammates. Each player should be responsible for their own items.
13. Off-field protocols: Minimal use of communal facilities before and after the match, social distancing to be maintained at all times. A ‘ready to play’ approach should be adopted.
14. Where possible, players should travel alone to and from trainings and matches unless they are living in the same household. Where this is not possible, social distancing should be maintained
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