The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said that Bowlers looking at resuming test cricket after the COVID-19 lockdown will require 2 to 3 months of preparation to avoid injuring themselves.
Cricket, like other global sports has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic but some countries are plotting guidelines for the return of the game as governments start easing lockdown restrictions.
The world governing body ICC said in its back-to-cricket guidelines released “Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,”
The ICC advised teams to use larger squads and exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads, saying test cricket would require a minimum of 8 to 12 week preparation with the final 4-5 weeks involving match intensity bowling.
Preparation time of 6 weeks was recommended for bowlers returning to the shorter 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.
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