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    ICC publishes guidelines for safe resumption of cricket

    ICC GUIDELINES FOR RESUMPTION OF CRICKET


    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.

    The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather provide a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of or infection with the COVID-19 virus.

    The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket


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    Awesome, are they also applicable to recreational cricket? @saj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Awesome, are they also applicable to recreational cricket? @saj
    You can now net with one person outside of your household if a club has a booking system in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoomBoomCricket View Post
    You can now net with one person outside of your household if a club has a booking system in place.
    I’m asking more in regards to the playing side. I’m guessing the guidelines on page 5 are going to be rolled over to all cricket professional and recreational

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    How much of these are implementable and how much of this is pie in the sky?


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    As the cricket boards gear up for resumption of cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended that the training should be multi-phased. In its ‘Back to Cricket’ guidelines, issued on Friday, the ICC stated that the progression to the next stage should not begin until it is deemed safe to do so and there is no evidence that the local COVID-19 transmission rate has risen as a result of this training activity.

    Stage I

    As per its recommendation, individual training should begin once players are able to exercise on their own and may be able to resume basic cricket activities. This stage maintains engagement in the sport and may be assisted by online coaching resources, social media, and other virtual aides.

    But it also has certain protocols. “Activities should involve no contact with, or participation alongside, any other individual or partner. Activities may include cardiovascular exercise or strength and conditioning training to keep in good general health and fitness.”

    Use of equipment such as cones and stumps should be limited but participants may use essential cricket equipment (i.e. bat, ball) for activities such as shadow batting, bowling and catching.

    For this, there are also hygiene measures in place, which include: good general hygiene (washing/sanitising your hands before and after activity). Sanitising any personal equipment used. Observing social distancing rules at all times in public spaces, limiting the use of external equipment. It also advises the players to not train if they feel unwell, and also there should be minimal use of communal facilities.

    Stage II

    Before training in small groups of two or three players, the Boards must ensure that the players maintain the national government restrictions. This stage may also include supervised cricketing activity from a coach or responsible adult.

    Basic batting, bowling and fielding exercises should be carried out such that they minimise interaction between participants. This may include some fielding exercises or net practice. Participants should have their own equipment, including a bat and ball. “Where this is not possible, all shared equipment should be limited and should be sanitised between different participants’ usage,” the guideline stated.

    The recommended safety guidelines include: no sharing of exercise equipment, no direct physical contact between participants (handshakes, hugs, ‘high fives’, other touch), no sharing of any non-cricket equipment (e.g. water-bottles,gloves, pads).

    Stage III

    Training in groups with no more than 10 players should be considered when national government regulations allow individuals to participate in sporting activity in groups whilst maintaining social distancing rules.

    This stage may also include supervised cricketing activity from a coach or responsible adult. These activities should be non-contact skills training whilst observing social distancing measures and, where possible, should still limit the number of individuals that participants come into contact with (e.g. a training session with two distinct groups of four players).

    Participants should use their own equipment where possible. Where this is not possible, participants should be provided with their own specific club equipment (e.g. use only a ball assigned to you for the session). “All participants should adopt a ‘ready to train’ approach i.e. come to training prepared without the need to use any communal facilities such as changing rooms or showering facilities.”

    In terms of recommended hygiene measures, there should be clear demarcation of team cricket equipment (e.g. numbered balls) and thorough disinfecting of all team cricket equipment after a session.

    Stage-IV

    While this is for a group of more than 10 players, government guidelines need to be followed. Social distancing measures should allow participants to come to within 1.5m of each other.

    These activities should still limit the number of individuals that participants come into contact with but may allow wider squad training and should allow the use of shared equipment, in particular a cricket ball.

    Physical contact between participants will be allowed though this should still be limited where possible. For training situations, teams should still consider maintaining some small group separation. All participants should still consider a ‘ready to train’ approach and a full use of communal facilities will be permitted during this stage.

    If any massage beds are used, hygiene practices to include (i) no bed linen except single use of towels and (ii) cleaning of treatment beds and key surfaces after every usage.

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    In its guidelines, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has listed match officials, support staff and individuals above the age of 60 'as specific risks' in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Cricket is officiated by umpires on the field of play and their health and well-being needs to be taken into full consideration as they spend the greatest amount of time in close proximity to players,” the guidelines said.

    “Participants, in particular umpires, match referees and support staff may be considered vulnerable individuals that are at higher risk of severe illness due to CV-19. This includes older individuals (approx. 60+) and people of any age with underlying medical conditions such as cardiac, kidney, diabetes, obesity, weak innate immunity, etc.”

    Keeping this in mind, it has been advised that the players will ‘not be sharing’ anything they touch with the umpires during play. “Players and umpires should maintain social distancing on the field of play and that includes no handing over of player items (cap, towels, sunglasses, jumpers) to the umpire or teammates.) Umpires may also be encouraged to use gloves when handling the ball. Consider adopting a process that will assist the bowler in managing his/her items," the ICC guidelines stated.

    With most of the umpires and coaching staff members above 50 years of age, it needs to be seen how the member boards address the issue.

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    There will neither be loo breaks during training nor the players will be allowed to hand over their caps or sunglasses to the on-field umpires as international cricketers will be required to let go of some of their intrinsic habits when play resumes in the post-COVID-19 world. In its “back to cricket” guidelines issued for resumption of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has effectively barred players from handing over their personal equipments (cap, towel, sunglasses, jumpers) to the umpire or his teammates as part of maintaining social distance.

    “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,” read the ICC playing guidelines.

    However there was no clarity on who will keep the players’ items? “Consider adopting a process that will assist the bowler in managing his/her items. Umpires may also be encouraged to use gloves when handling the ball,” says the governing body. The players are unlikely to keep their cap or sunglasses in the field of play as it would attract penalty runs just like in the case of a helmet. The ICC also wants them to minimise their “time spent in the changing room before and after a match”.

    The ICC Cricket Committee has already recommended ban on using the saliva on the ball and now players have been advised not to “touch eyes, nose, and mouth after making contact with the ball” and sanitise their hands after they come in contact with the ball. Life might get even tougher for them when they are training for the game with no loo and shower breaks encouraged.

    “All participants should adopt a ‘ready to train’ approach where possible i.e. come to training prepared without the need to use any communal facilities such as changing rooms or showering facilities,” read one of the training guidelines. “Personal equipment should be sanitised before and after use (training and competition),” read another one.

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    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bowlers looking at resuming test cricket after the novel coronavirus lockdown will require two to three months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.

    Cricket, like other global sports, has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but some countries are plotting guidelines for the return of the game as governments start easing lockdown restrictions.

    England players returned to individual skill-based training this week with the country hoping to begin their delayed summer of cricket with a test series against West Indies in July.

    Pakistan are scheduled to tour England to play three tests in August followed by an equal number of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19.

    “Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the world governing body ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released late on Friday.

    The ICC advised teams to use larger squads and exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads, saying test cricket would require a minimum of eight to 12 week preparation with the final four-five weeks involving match intensity bowling.

    Preparation time of six weeks was recommended for bowlers returning to the shorter 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.

    The ICC advised its member boards to consider appointing a medical advisor or bio-safety official to help with planning for a safe return to training and competition.

    The Dubai-based ICC this week announced a ban on using saliva to shine a cricket ball to try and achieve the fabled ‘reverse swing’.

    Players and umpires would need to maintain social distancing and cricketers must avoid unnecessary body contact and not hand over items like cap, towels, sunglasses to umpires or team mates, the ICC said.

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    Just as I wrote earlier, they have no safe way of getting a player back to the biosafe bubble after going to have a hospital assessment.

    And they have failed to explain how the cooks and cleaners in a hotel are retained in the Biosecure bubble without exposure to public transport, spouses, kids etc.

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    Banned Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels the ICC guidelines on ways to resume cricket leave a lot of unanswered questions and there are issues which require discussion before the sport returns from the coronavirus-forced hiatus.

    As member nations ease restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday issued comprehensive guidelines aimed at getting the sport up and running around the world while at the same time maintaining the highest safety protocols.

    The measures include the appointment of chief medical officers, a 14-day pre-match isolation training camp and use of gloves by umpires while handling the ball.

    “Now we are hearing that it (COVID-19 virus) might spread around 12 feet, not just three or six. So does it mean the two batsmen can’t meet at the end of the over?” asked the cricketer who is serving a one-year ban for failing to report corrupt approaches.

    “They will stand at their ends? Won’t there be any crowd in the stadium? Will the wicketkeeper stand afar? What would happen to close-in fielders? These things require discussions,” he was quoted as saying by Prothom Alo newspaper.

    The ICC also suggested format-specific training periods for bowlers all over the world, allowing them a minimum of 5-6 weeks of training, with the last three weeks involving bowling at match intensity in order to facilitate their return to T20Is.

    The 24-year-old, however, said the ICC is unlikely to let cricket resume without assessing the situation properly.

    “I don’t think they (ICC) will take a chance before they are very sure. Whatever it is, life comes first. I am sure they will think of safety first,” he said.

    Shakib said he is spending time counting days for his return.

    “I am counting days in two ways. One, when will corona be over, and the other, when will my suspension end. I am going through a tough time. Although there’s no cricket going on anywhere, I know that if it starts tomorrow, I won’t be able to play cricket.

    “When you are restricted about something, whether others talk about it or not, you know yourself about what you are going through,” he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    Just as I wrote earlier, they have no safe way of getting a player back to the biosafe bubble after going to have a hospital assessment.

    And they have failed to explain how the cooks and cleaners in a hotel are retained in the Biosecure bubble without exposure to public transport, spouses, kids etc.
    The more I read this document it is increasingly obvious that it is just window-dressing nonsense designed to con insurers and governments that international cricket tours are safe to proceed in totally unsafe countries like England.

    There is absolutely no attempt to make the so-call biosecure bubbles genuinely secure, because they know that all the cooks, waitresses and cleaners would also have to be quarantined in their own country for 14 days and accommodated in the team hotels in absolute isolation from their families and friends for the duration of the tour.

    So the section about international cricket can perhaps most charitably be described as a fraudulent document with so many key foundations of biosecurity ignored that the entire section becomes a tissue of lies.
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    India , England, and Pakistan don't see same safe to host international cricket right now. Also have doubts about South Africa but things are getting better.

    I think the other countries by following guidelines and social distancing can host cricket.

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    Some ICC Guidelines on Resumption of Cricket Are Impractical, Say Former Cricketers

    Some ICC Guidelines on Resumption of Cricket Are Impractical, Say Former Cricketers

    Former England spinner Panesar foresees the start of the England-West Indies series making things a lot clearer for the entire fraternity than they are at the moment.

    PTI |May 25, 2020, 7:05 PM IST

    Some of the ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket border on the impractical and will need a review when the cricketing world is closer to action, feel former players Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Monty Panesar.

    Last week, the International Cricket Council recommended a host of "back to cricket" guidelines including 14-day pre-match isolation training camps to ensure the teams are free from COVID-19.

    The world body issued training as well as playing guidelines which will drastically change the way the game is played.

    Among them are regular hand sanitising when in contact with the ball, no loo or shower breaks while training, minimising time spent in the changing room before and after a game, no use of saliva on ball and no handing over of personal items (cap, sunglasses, towels) to fellow teammates or the on-field umpires.

    "Social distancing is very doable in individual sport but very tough in a team sport like cricket and football. If you need a slip during the game, would you not employ it?

    "If the team is going through a 14-day quarantine and is being tested for COVID-19, I am fine with that process. Now, after that, if we have more guidelines for the players during the game, then you are making things complicated. Then there is no point of a quarantine period," former India pacer Pathan told PTI.

    Safety cannot be compromised but regularly sanitising hands during the game will be too much to ask from the players.

    "Safety is paramount but we should not make the game complicated. If a bowler or fielder has to sanitise hands every time he touches the ball, then it would be very difficult.

    "You can shorten the process of giving the ball to the bowler. Instead of the usual chain (wicket-keeper to cover fielder to bowler), the keeper can straight away give the ball to the bowler but even then the bowler will have to sanitise hands six times in an over," said Pathan seeking more clarity on the guidelines.

    Former India opener Chopra said it is still pre-mature to prepare a fixed set of guidelines for resumption of cricket as the situation is evolving "every day".

    "That (regular hand sanitisation after contact with ball) is obviously impractical but my big question is when the game happens in a bio secure environment and everyone is quarantined and tested, do these additional measures make a difference?

    "On the field, I can still understand but what happens when you go back into the dressing room? How do you practice social distancing there? So it becomes quite complicated.

    "To be honest it is all very premature. Once they get closer to resumption, which will take some time, there will be more clarity," said Chopra.

    International cricket is likely to resume in July with England hosting West Indies and then Pakistan.

    Bundesliga football league has already begun in Germany behind closed doors and by the time cricket resumes, more sporting competitions would have restarted and Chopra feels that will help cricket decide the way forward in post COVID-19 times.

    "By the time cricket resumes, more football would have started after Bundesliga. Cricket can take lessons from there, collect data and ideas and see what is practical and what is not."

    Former England spinner Panesar foresees the start of the England-West Indies series making things a lot clearer for the entire fraternity than they are at the moment.

    "The 14 day quarantine is very much needed and well done to the ICC for including that. I think we will see resumption of international cricket with England hosting West Indies in July. We might have some practical ideas then, the other countries would also be watching keenly and will learn how to go about it.

    "But measures like regular hand sanitising is not going to be practical. May be you could sanitise every one hour but it can't be regular during the game," said Panesar.

    While Pathan feels the on-field safety measures will make managing over-rate a bigger challenge for teams, Chopra said no loo or shower breaks during training won't be that much of an issue.

    "Training is still controllable. You don't have to be there for a long time but you would still have to use the restroom at some stage. You may avoid taking a shower but you will have to use the restroom.

    "I think the idea of these guidelines is to make cricketers more aware that you have to take care of yourself and inculcate habits which are in everyone's interest in the current scenario," added Chopra.

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