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ICC Issues Guidelines For Resumption Of Cricket

The upcoming T20 World Cup is under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



DUBAI (United Arab Emirates): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines for the resumption of cricket across the world.

The guidelines include a list of various dos and don’ts for cricket at the international, domestic and community level, while at the same time ensuring maintenance of the highest safety protocols.

The ICC has recommended the appointment of Chief Medical Officer or Biosafety Official and a 14-day pre-match isolation in training camps in its guidelines for the resumption of international cricket post-COVID-19 lockdown.

The Chief Medical Officer will have to overlook the implementation of government regulations and the biosafety plan to enable the resumption of training and competition.

The ICC has also recommended developing an appropriate testing plan during training and competition.

Here is the list of ICC Guidelines for resumption of cricket: 

• The ICC has suggested teams to exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads to avoid a serious injury like a stress fracture of the spine, as bowlers are particularly at high risk of injury after returning to play after a period of enforced time-out.

• The ICC has recommended bowlers would need minimum training periods ranging from 5-12 weeks to build the workload necessary for peak performance.

• The ICC guidelines lay emphasis on the age and physical preparedness of the bowlers, as it will influence the risk and length of time required to develop appropriate bowling loads to enable safe and effective return to international cricket.

• The ICC has advised teams to travel with “larger” squads to compensate for the absence of net bowlers provided by the host country and to offset any injuries to the first-choice bowlers.

 • According to ICC’s suggestions, a bowler returning to T20Is will need at least 5-6 weeks of preparation with bowling at match intensity in the last three weeks.

• In the case of ODIs, the recommended preparation period is a minimum of six weeks with the last three weeks involving bowling at match intensity.

• In the case of tests, the ICC has recommended the longest preparation period of about 8-12 weeks with the final 4-5 of those devoted to bowling at match intensity.

• The ICC noted that the preparation period will depend on the physical activities that the bowler has been able to undertake during the lockdown such as regular running and bowling drills. It also depends on multiple assessment factors including the age of the bowler, injury history, bowling technique and speed.

Apart from the above list, the ICC cricket committee has recommended banning the use of saliva to shine the cricket ball as a temporary measure amid coronavirus pandemic, which spread through saliva.

The ICC panel led by Kumble had recommended the ban to minimise the risk of infection.

All cricket activities were suspended following the deadly outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. Many major sports competitions, scheduled for this year have been postponed including the Tokyo Olympics. Though no decision has yet been taken regarding the upcoming T20 World Cup, the tournament could be under threat if the coronavirus crisis refuses to scale down.

In India, the Union Home Ministry has allowed the re-opening of sports complexes and stadiums. However strict social distancing measures will have to be followed and no spectators will be allowed inside the stadiums. So, if cricket does get a go-ahead, live audience may not be allowed.

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Liverpool Become England’s Champions After 30 Years After Chelsea Beat City

It is the earliest any side has ever won the Premier League title.



LONDON (United Kingdom): The Reds’ first league title since 1990 was confirmed on Thursday after Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City lost 2-1 to Frank Lampard led Chelsea win at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool have ended their long wait to be crowned Premier League champions after Manchester City’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea left them with an unassailable lead.

With seven games remaining, it is the earliest any side has ever won the Premier League title, with Jurgen Klopp’s men surpassing the achievements of Manchester United in 2000-01 and Manchester City’s ‘centurions’ of 2017-18. Both of those teams clinched the league with five games left.

Christian Pulisic’s goal had given Chelsea to lead before a wonderful Kevin De Bruyne sparked hopes of a comeback, but Fernandinho’s late red card led to a coolly converted penalty to win the game – and gift Liverpool league glory.

Raheem Sterling and Pulisic then went very close at either end, before an intervention from VAR handed us the opportunity to seize control.

While much of the attention will focus on Liverpool’s coronation, this was a mighty impressive Chelsea victory that maintains our five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United. The performance will please Frank Lampard just as much, with his side markedly the better after the two drinks breaks.

The visitors started without a recognised striker, interchanging their forward players throughout, and it was they who settled the quicker, although Kepa was untroubled until kicking a low cross away with nine minutes played.

Chelsea burst into life shortly afterwards with Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic cleverly combining in the centre circle to create space. Cesar Azpilicueta freed Willian whose low centre was cleared for a corner that Mason Mount volleyed high into the Shed.

There was a scare for the Blues when a Kepa pass landed short, giving Bernardo Silva a sight of goal, but thankfully he was crowded out. The keeper was quickly back at his best, tipping a Fernandinho header over.

After a drinks break that proved something of a turning point in the first half, Ross Barkley had a fierce strike blocked at the end of a move in which Willian and Marcos Alonso starred.

There was certainly space to be had behind a very high City rearguard, and we nearly capitalised on it on the half-hour. Ross Barkley strode into space and crossed, with Giroud and Pulisic again neatly exchanging passes before the latter’s shot was deflected back into Barkley’s path. His effort was cleared from near the goal-line, and from the resulting corner Christensen’s header was kept out by Ederson, with Azpilicueta slashing the rebound over.

So it wasn’t a great surprise when we took the lead on 36 minutes. Again it was a counter-attack that caused problems. De Bruyne’s free-kick was cleared to halfway and Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan miscommunicated, with Pulisic snaffling up the loose ball.

Ten yards inside his own half, the American still had plenty to do. What followed was pure perfection. He first scurried past Gundogan, and then invited a challenge from Mendy before skipping beyond him and racing clear. With just Ederson to beat now, Pulisic sublimely curled his finish inside the right-hand post.

Liverpool had moved to the brink of the title with a 4-0 battering of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday, and their lead of 23 points at the top of the table is the largest held by a champion in English top-flight history.

Klopp’s side will now look to write even more history. They need 15 points from their last seven matches to set a new record points total for a top-flight campaign, and can also become the first team to win every single home game in a single season.

They will be given a guard of honour in their next fixture, which coincidentally comes against City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday. Guardiola’s side, champions in each of the last two seasons, have been unable to match Liverpool’s remarkable, relentless form.

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Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr Passes Away At 95

His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics is still unbeaten. 



MOHALI (Punjab): Balbir Singh Senior, the three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend died in a private hospital at Mohali, Punjab today morning. He was 95 and is survived by his daughter Sushbir and three sons Kanwalbir, Karanbir, Gurbir.

Director of Fortis Hospital at Mohali, Abhijit Singh said that he breathed his last at 6.30 AM

He was admitted to this hospital on May 8 and was in a semi-comatose state since May 18 and had developed a blood clot in his brain after being first admitted to the hospital for bronchial pneumonia with a high fever.

One of the country’s greatest athletes, Balbir Senior was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history.

His world record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics is still unbeaten.

A key member of the Indian side at the Olympics from 1948-1956, Balbir Singh was also the captain and is considered one of the best centre-forwards of all times.

He was also the manager of the only World Cup-winning Indian side in 1975, the first sportsperson to be awarded the Padma Shri (1957) and the lone Indian and hockey player to be included in the IOC’s ‘Olympic Icons”, a select group of 16 all-time Olympic greats honoured during the London Olympics.

A state funeral will be held for Balbir Singh Sr in his hometown Chandigarh at 5:30 pm on Monday at the sector 25 electric crematorium.

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2,749 Khelo India Athletes Given Rs 30,000 Each

Athletes from 35 states and union territories have been given the allowances in 21 sporting disciplines.



NEW DELHI: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has deposited 30,000 rupees each as out of pocket allowance in accounts of 2,749 Khelo India athletes. The amount added up to 8.25 crore rupees in all.

Reacting to the disbursement of the Khelo India allowances, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju said that the athletes are our priority and will receive full support at all times.

In a press release, SAI said that the money has been transferred to the bank accounts of the athletes.

A total of 2,893 athletes will be given the pocket allowance with the funds for the remaining 144 athletes to be transferred by the end of this month. The allowance is for the first quarter of 2020-21.

Athletes from 35 states and union territories have been given the allowances in 21 sporting disciplines with the maximum number of them from Maharashtra (386), Haryana (381), Delhi (225), Punjab (202) and Tamil Nadu (165).

The out of pocket allowance is 1.20 lakh rupees annually and is a part of the Khelo India scholarship of 6.28 lakh rupees that is given to each athlete selected under the scheme.

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