The International Cricket Council has issued comprehensive guidelines aimed at the resumption of cricket at all levels – community, domestic and international – around the world as various governments have started to relax the restrictions imposed due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The comprehensive document – ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines – has been developed by ICC’s Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, with an aim to provide guidance for the safe resumption of the sport. In order to achieve that, key observations and recommendations have been made for how teams around the world should deal with the prospects of return to training, playing and traveling again.
Key among the finely-detailed guidelines, is the recommendation of the appointment of a chief medical or a bio-safety officer to ensure all the respective government guidelines are followed as players return to training. The apex body has also asked for a consideration of a pre-match isolation training camp that will involve temperature checks and Covid-19 testing at least 14 days prior to travel. Additionally, there are calls for formulation of an adequate testing plan during practice and match situation.
Next up on ICC’s agenda for the respective boards is the need to provide a safe workplace for the cricketers, which entails risk assessment of training and match venues. There are also calls for maintaining a 1.5 metre distance (or as indicated by the respective governments) between players at all times, and thorough sanitation of personal equipment. As mentioned in the ECB’s recently-released guidelines, ICC wants players to arrive at grounds ‘ready to train’, and not use common facilities like showers and changing rooms.