Bowlers seeing returning test cricket after the coronavirus lockdown would require two or three months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said.
Like other global sports, Cricket has been suspended since March thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, some countries are preparing guidelines for the return of the sport as governments start easing lockdown restrictions.
England players returned to individual skill-based training in the week with the country hoping to start their delayed summer of Cricket with a Test series against West Indies in July.
Pakistan is scheduled to tour England to play three tests in August, followed by an equal number of Twenty20 Internationals, with the matches happening behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19.
“Bowlers are at an especially high risk of injury on return to play after a period of the enforced timeout,” the planet administration ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released on Friday.
The ICC advised teams to use larger squads and exercise attention over bowlers’ workloads, saying test cricket would require a minimum of eight to 12-week preparation with the ultimate four-five weeks, including match intensity bowling.
The preparation time of 6 weeks was recommended for bowlers returning to the shorter 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.
The ICC advised its member boards to consider appointing a biosafety official or medical adviser to help with planning for a safe return to competition and training.
The Dubai-based ICC in the week announced a ban on using saliva to shine a ball to undertake and achieve the fabled “reverse swing.”
The ICC said umpires and players would wish to take care of social distancing, and cricketers must avoid unnecessary body contact and not fork over items like towels, cap, sunglasses to teammates, or umpires.