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ICC issues guidelines for resumption of cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday (May 22) issued a 16-page guideline for safe resumption of Cricket in the post COVID-19 world. The document, named “Back to Cricket” recommended the appointment of Chief Medical Officers and 14-day isolation camps once international cricket resumes around the world.

According to a statement released by the ICC, the guidelines “do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world,” but “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.”

“Consider appointing a Chief Medical Officer and/or Biosafety Official who will be responsible for implementing government regulations and the biosafety plan to resume training and competition,” the press release further added.

Another important recommendation has been the need of pre-series isolation camp and COVID-19 testing of players.”Consider the need for a pre-match isolation training camp with health, temperature checks and CV-19 testing – eg. at least 14 days prior to travel to ensure the team is CV-19 free.”

The sport’s governing body has also recommended developing an appropriate testing plan during training and match days. It has also touched upon the aspect of safeguarding the on-field umpires and other match officials by using hand-gloves and zero contact with the players or any of the playing equipments.

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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