The Coronavirus epidemic that has been going on across the world has also had a very bad effect on sportspersons. Almost all the players are suffering from lack of adequate fitness practice, but the impact of this nearly 3-month long shutdown on the bowlers is very likely.
With the increased load on the recurring cricket after the lockdown period ends, the bowlers are also facing the fear of increasing the risk of back injury. The highest institution of cricket has issued special orders, issuing warnings to all nations for this.
Minimum training days fixed for bowlers
The ICC has told all nations that they do not pressure any bowler to work hard in a straight match or net practice. The ICC has called on all nations to classify their bowlers according to the match format they play. The bowlers are to be divided into ‘Test-only players’, “Only limited-overs cricketers’,” Test-matches and limited-overs cricketers, playing in both formats “. After this, the ICC has given bowlers according to every format All the nations have been ordered to undergo at least 5 to 12 weeks of fitness training to get used to the workload.
What is the minimum training in which format
ICC experts set the minimum fitness training schedule for bowlers according to every format, in which Test cricket is placed in the most injury-prone category, which is why 8 to 12 for bowlers before landing in Test matches. The time of the week has been fixed. In order to play ODI cricket, bowlers will have to undergo at least 6 weeks of FitNet training, while for T20 format it is also considered as 5 to 6 weeks.
Spinal cord may have decreased by 2 percent
According to ICC research, the backbone of bowlers can become ‘2% boneless’ in seven weeks due to lack of adequate practice to maintain fitness levels during lockdown. Experts have considered the fact that bowlers take up to 24 weeks to compensate for this in their research. Experts believe that due to this the elderly bowlers are more likely to have “stress fracture” of the waist than the youth.
Advice to carry more bowlers on tour
The ICC has also advised all nations to first take a more ‘big’ squad, which has a higher number of bowlers, when going to play matches in another country. This will not only get rid of the problem of providing less bowler net practice for the guest country but it will also be possible for the guest team to compensate immediately if a bowler is injured. Additionally, in the event of more bowlers being present, they will also be protected from injury through rotation.