The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended 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.
The ICC has recommended the appointment of Chief Medical Officers and 14-day isolation training camps in its latest guidelines for the resumption of international cricket. However, 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 primary considerations in developing the ‘ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines’ are as follows:
1. Safety first
a. The ICC’s priority is the wellbeing of the entire cricket community.
b. The resumption of cricket activities should begin only if there is no perceived or known risk that
doing so might result in an increase in the local CV-19 transmission rate.
c. Every effort should be made to ensure that risks associated with the cricket environment i.e. field of play, training venue, changing rooms, equipment, management of the ball have been mitigated
before any training session or match.
2. Government’s advice
a. ICC Members (and their own cricket communities) should be guided by the advice of their
respective governments in relation to when sporting activity is resumed. Where sporting activities
has been expressly forbidden by governments, no cricket activity should commence until
approval to do so has been obtained from the government.
b. ICC Members should be guided by the advice of their respective governments in relation to travel
restrictions (domestic and international) and quarantine requirements.
3. Leadership and the wider impact of cricket
a. Cricket can play a leadership role in combatting global pandemic by providing positive role
models for society.
b. As the international governing body for cricket, the ICC is looking to provide all within the sport
individuals, teams, and national cricket federations with clear direction to support a safe and
successful back to cricket regime.
c. Cricket plays an important positive role in supporting individuals to gain a sense of normalcy in
their lives and carries with it important physical and mental health benefits.