‘Bowlers require minimum two months’ preparation to play Tests’: ICC
By: Reuters |

Published: May 23, 2020 4:44:14 pm


Jasprit Bumrah in motion. (Source: Reuters)

Bowlers taking a look at resuming Test cricket after the novel coronavirus lockdown will require two to three months of preparation to keep away from injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has mentioned.

Cricket, like different world sports activities, has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic however some nations are plotting pointers for the return of the sport as governments begin easing lockdown restrictions.

England gamers returned to particular person skill-based coaching this week with the nation hoping to start their delayed summer season of cricket with a Test collection in opposition to West Indies in July.

Pakistan are scheduled to tour England to play three Tests in August adopted by an equal variety of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches happening behind closed doorways as a part of measures to fight 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 physique ICC mentioned in its back-to-cricket pointers launched late on Friday.

The ICC suggested groups to use bigger squads and train warning over bowlers’ workloads, saying Test cricket would require a minimum of eight to 12-week preparation with the ultimate four-five weeks involving match depth bowling.

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

The ICC suggested its member boards to contemplate appointing a medical advisor or bio-safety official to assist with planning for a protected return to coaching and competitors.

The Dubai-based ICC this week introduced a ban on utilizing saliva to shine a cricket ball to attempt to obtain the fabled ‘reverse swing’.

Players and umpires would wish to preserve social distancing and cricketers should keep away from pointless physique contact and never hand over gadgets like cap, towels, sun shades to umpires or workforce mates, the ICC mentioned.

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