The International Cricket Council issued comprehensive guidelines on Friday to get the sport up and running around the globe after the prolonged break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The governing council added that the fast bowlers are at maximum risk of getting injured after the long break, and hence, they would need at least 8-12 weeks of preparation to be fit to play the longest format once again.
“Test cricket would require a minimum of 8-12 week preparation period (for bowlers), the final 4-5-week period would involve match intensity bowling.
“Bowlers are at a particularly high risk of injury on return to play after a period of enforced time-out,” the sport’s world governing body said in its ‘back-to-cricket’ guidelines.
The ICC also spoke about how the cricketers can mark a safe and effective return to the sport.
“Limited preparation may cause higher injury levels,” it said.
“When looking at timescales, consideration needs to be given to the age and physical preparedness as this will influence the risk and length of time required to develop appropriate bowling loads that will allow a safe and effective return to international cricket.”
They also set a timeline of five-six weeks preparation for bowlers returning to T20Is, while the minimum preparation time for the pacers returning to ODIs is at least six weeks, with the final three weeks involving match intensity bowling.
The ICC also advised teams to travel with larger squads and be cautious about the workload of their fast bowlers.