ICC Gives Guidelines for Resumption of Cricket (Excerpts from ICC Release)

3. RESUMPTION OF CRICKET The restart of cricket requires planning to assess and manage the risk of CV-19 infection. Members should follow their government’s restrictions and advice, specifically those related to gatherings, travel, social distancing, and sporting competition for a safe return to cricket. Members may be required to confirm their resumption of training and competition with the responsible government and public health authority along with a detailed copy of their plan for a safe return. Members may refer to the following measures for guidance in developing their back to cricket plan. Each plan will differ based on government regulation and status of the CV-19 virus in communities.

Back to Cricket Approach A safe return to cricket will require different considerations, depending on if this is being looked at from the perspective of community cricket, domestic professional cricket, or international cricket. However, in all cases each group or team should consider three main elements of this return: 1. Back to Training 2. Back to Play 3. Back to Travel this document offers specific guidance (where applicable) across all three elements from the perspective of community cricket, domestic professional cricket, and international cricket. All guidance is based on the ICC’s Principles (outlined above) and is underpinned by the importance of Education and Awareness of the virus.

4. RESUMPTION OF COMMUNITY CRICKET Back to Training – Health and temperature checks should be monitored for all participants at training and match venues – The ICC recommends a phased approach to resuming training activity starting with solo training followed by small group activities and thereafter larger groups and full training (in compliance with government restrictions). The load and intensity of training over the stages should be progressive to prevent injury.

A recommended approach on the phased back to training activity is outlined in Appendix 1. – Progression to the next stage should not begin until it is deemed safe to do so and there is no evidence that the local CV-19 transmission rate has risen because of this training activity. – When using a training facility, training should be staggered where possible to minimize numbers, maintain social distancing, and reduce contact. Consider modifying training times so there are less people present at any one time. –

Personal equipment should be sanitized before and after use (training and competition). The use of external equipment should be limited where possible. – Equipment sharing should be avoided. If unavoidable, an appropriate cleaning protocol should be followed before and after use. – Consider the age and health of participants and recommend against high-risk individuals participating in training or competition. – Participants should arrive ready to train and avoid using communal facilities where possible.

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