The ICC have issued guidance over potential return to cricket activity ©Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket with the aim of assisting members to help resume activity when their respective governments allow.

The ICC say the "Back of Cricket Guidelines" are a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with member medical representatives.

The 16-page document provides guidance on the safe resumption of community, domestic, professional and international cricket.

Members are advised by the ICC to use the guidelines as the basis to develop their own policies for a return to cricket activity, with local and national Government regulations always taking precedence.

The ICC say the guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, but instead offer a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission or infection of coronavirus.

Recommendations include members appointing a chief medical or biosafety officer, who would ensure Government guidelines are followed as players return to training and competition.

Nations are also advised to consider a pre-match isolation training camp at least 14 days prior to travel, which would involve health and temperature checks, as well as testing for coronavirus.

Development of testing plans for coronavirus in training and competitions have also been recommended, as well as risk assessments of venues.

Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres on-field and off-field has been recommended, unless Government guidance states otherwise.

Recommendations have been made involving training and competitions ©Getty Images
Recommendations have been made involving training and competitions ©Getty Images

Sanitisation of equipment and preventing shared use are also included in recommendations, while players should arrive at venues "ready to train" rather than using common facilities like showers and changing rooms.

Nations are encouraged to provide players with clear guidance on the safe management of the ball during matches, including regular hand sanitising, avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth after making contact with the ball and not using saliva on the ball.

Players and umpires are encouraged to maintain social distancing on the cricket field and avoid the handing over of player items to the umpire or teammates.

Umpires may also be encouraged to use gloves when handling the ball.

The ICC has recommended a phased approach to the return to cricket, slowly building up from individual training to small groups, before ultimately resuming squad-based sessions.

Separate guidance has also been issued for bowlers, as they have the highest risk of injury upon return from a lengthy period of inactivity.

Suggestions include having a larger squad, as well as allowing a minimum of five to six weeks of training, with the last three weeks at match intensity for a return to T20 competition.

The minimum preparation period for one-day internationals is considered to be six weeks, with tests between eight to 12 weeks, with the final four to five weeks at full intensity.

The full guidelines can be accessed here ICC-Back-to-Cricket-Guidelines-May20-final-.pdf