Updated: May 25, 2020 5:55:26 pm
Some of the ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket border on the impractical and will need a evaluate when the cricketing world is nearer to motion, really feel former gamers Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Monty Panesar.
Last week, the International Cricket Council really helpful a number of “back to cricket” guidelines together with 14-day pre-match isolation coaching camps to make sure the groups are free from COVID-19.
The world physique issued coaching in addition to enjoying guidelines which will drastically change the best way the sport is performed.
Among them are common hand sanitising when in touch with the ball, no bathroom or bathe breaks whereas coaching, minimising time spent within the altering room earlier than and after a recreation, no use of saliva on ball and no handing over of private gadgets (cap, sun shades, towels) to fellow teammates or the on-field umpires.
“Social distancing could be very doable in particular person sport however very powerful in a crew sport like cricket and soccer. If you need a slip throughout the recreation, would you not make use of 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 instructed PTI.
Safety can’t be compromised however often sanitising arms throughout the recreation will be an excessive amount of to ask from the gamers.
“Safety is paramount however we should always not make the sport difficult. If a bowler or fielder has to sanitise arms each time he touches the ball, then it will be very tough.
“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,” mentioned Pathan searching for extra readability on the guidelines.
Former India opener Chopra mentioned it’s nonetheless pre-mature to arrange a hard and fast set of guidelines for resumption of cricket because the scenario is evolving “every day”.
“That (common hand sanitisation after contact with ball) is clearly impractical however my massive query is when the sport occurs in a bio-secure surroundings and everyone seems to be quarantined and examined, do these further measures make a distinction?
“On the sector, I can nonetheless perceive however what occurs whenever you return into the dressing room? How do you observe social distancing there? So it turns into fairly difficult.
“To be honest it is all very premature. Once they get closer to resumption, which will take some time, there will be more clarity,” mentioned Chopra.
International cricket is prone to resume in July with England internet hosting West Indies after which Pakistan.
Bundesliga soccer league has already begun in Germany behind closed doorways and by the point cricket resumes, extra sporting competitions would have restarted and Chopra feels that will assist cricket determine the best way ahead in put up COVID-19 occasions.
“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 beginning of the England-West Indies collection making issues so much clearer for the complete fraternity than they’re for the time being.
“The 14 day quarantine could be very a lot wanted and properly executed to the ICC for together with that. I believe we will see resumption of worldwide cricket with England internet hosting West Indies in July. We may need some sensible concepts then, the opposite nations would even be watching keenly and will learn 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,” mentioned Panesar.
While Pathan feels the on-field security measures will make managing over-rate an even bigger problem for groups, Chopra mentioned no bathroom or bathe breaks throughout coaching received’t be that a lot of a difficulty.
“Training continues to be controllable. You don’t should be there for a very long time however you’ll nonetheless have to make use of the restroom at some stage. You might keep away from having a shower however you will have to make use of 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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