Cricket is set to resume as English players prepare to be back in their training gears next week. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says that it has collaborated with UK government to plan out a blueprint for the training.
With every cricket activity around the world been suspended for a long time, cricket boards are now planning to get back in the action in a phased manner.
Strict guidelines to be followed by players and staffs
ECB says that everyone involved in the game will have to follow strict guidelines for the session.
According to the guideline batters would not be allowed to throw the ball back to the bowler. Each individual will follow the social distancing norms with a coach, physio and conditioning coach allowed to present during the session.
According to a report published in ‘The Guardian’, English players will be allocated their own box of balls that only they can touch and which must be placed in their kit bag when not in use under the ‘One skin Policy’.
Committed to adhere to public health guidelines
Managing director of English men’s cricket Ashley Giles, said the guidelines are the first steps for players return to training ahead of international cricket and added that safety of players are on the top of their priority list.
“The safety of players, staff and our community is our first priority throughout this protocol. We are committed to adhering to public health guidelines and Government directives intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Notably, the much hyped saliva ban would also be come into effect in the training season as players will be prohibited to shine the ball with sweat and saliva.
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