Cricket : ICC issues guidelines for resumption of cricket, 14 day isolation training camp recommended

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday issued its recommendations on the guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax. In the guidelines, the board also recommended appointing Chief Medical Officers (CFOs) and 14-day pre-match isolation training camps.

The comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives said in one of its pointers: “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.”

“Consider the need for a pre-match isolation training camp with health, temperature checks and CV-19 testing – e.g. at least 14 days prior to travel to ensure the team is CV-19 free,” another point added. The cricketing body also recommended the board to develop an appropriate testing plan during training and competition.

“The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, 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,” the ICC press release said.

“The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket,” it further added.All cricket activities are shut since the pandemic struck the world. Even the upcoming T20 World Cup is under threat due to the deadly disease.