The International Cricket Council (ICC) has stated that the bowlers will require a minimum of two months of practice before they can resume playing Test cricket. The world-class players have not played any form of cricket in the last two months and they are slowly getting back to practice in small groups as lockdown restrictions has been eased by the governments. There is no doubt that it is not going to be easy for the bowlers to hit the ground running after a long break, especially for pacers.
Meanwhile, England players have returned to individual skill-based training as the videos of Stuart Broad and James Anderson have suggested. ECB is planning to host West Indies in July. Furthermore, ICC has come up with new guidelines for all the cricket boards to follow.
ICC has come up with guidelines.
On the other hand, Pakistan will also tour England for three Test matches and as many T20Is in England. However, the matches will take place behind closed doors.
“Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the world governing body ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released late on Friday.
On the other hand, the governing council has recommended the practice of six weeks for the bowlers to return to shorter format – ODIs and T20Is.
ICC has advised the cricket boards to appoint medical officers or bio-safety officials to help their players return safely to training and competition. The governing body has also suggested that the umpires will wear gloves before they will take possession of player’s caps, jerseys, ball, etc. Furthermore, players and umpires will need to maintain social distancing and they must avoid unnecessary body contact with each other.
Meanwhile, Anil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee has also banned the usage of saliva to shine the ball. However, the bowlers can use their sweat to shine the ball.