Bowlers require minimum two months' preparation to play tests: ICC

Bowlers require minimum two months’ preparation to play tests: ICC

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Mumbai: The International Cricket Association (ICC) said that after the new coronavirus locks up, bowling players who want to resume testing cricket will need two to three months of preparation time to avoid injuries.

Due to the popularity of COVID-19, cricket, like other global sports, has been suspended since March, but as the government begins to relax the locking restrictions, some countries are developing guidelines for the return of the game.

England players returned to their skill-based personal training this week, and the country hopes to start a delayed cricket match through a test series against the West Indies in July.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three games in England in August, followed by an equal number of twenty-two national teams. The game will be conducted behind closed doors as part of measures against COVID-19.

“After a period of mandatory suspension, bowlers have a particularly high risk of injury when returning to the game,” the world sports group ICC said in a back-cricket guide released late Friday.

The ICC recommends that teams use larger teams and be cautious about the workload of bowling, saying that cricket requires at least eight to twelve weeks of preparation time and the last four to five weeks require game-strength bowling.

The recommended time for bowlers to return to shorter international players over 50 and under 20 is 6 weeks.

The ICC recommends that its member committees consider appointing a medical consultant or biosecurity officer to help plan safe return training and competitions.

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