Cricket fans around the world are waiting for cricketing action to resume. All the cricketing activities were cancelled few months before considering the spread of corona virus. But for now, things seems to be under control and the action is set to resume in some countries. But the gentleman’s game will not be the same as it used to be before, when it returns. The authorities are expected to come out with many severe safety precautions going into the future. On Friday, ICC issued their “back to cricket” guidelines.
Sports bodies around the world are busy preparing their guidelines for the players before they take the field. On Friday, ICC- crickets ultimate body issued strict guidelines for the players to follow when cricket resumes post Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the apex cricket council said that every individual will have to maintain social distancing followed by no exchange of accessories on the ground.
“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. The umpire will be advised to use gloves as well.
ICC also cited the fact that every player will have to acquire ready to train approach. And, no one will be allowed to use the changing rooms or showering facilities before or after the training sessions. This means that no one will be allowed to take loo breaks during the practice. This rule applies to both players and support staff as well. The council also mentioned that every equipment should be well sanitized before and after it is used by the players.
“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. Personal equipment should be sanitized before and after use (training and competition),” cricket governing body said in their playing guidelines.
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