Leg shakes and punching the ground - cricket gets used to the new normal | ESPNcricinfo.com

Leg shakes and punching the ground - cricket gets used to the new normal | ESPNcricinfo.com

After nearly 10 weeks' silence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, competitive cricket has returned in the form of the Vincy Premier League, a franchise-based T10 competition in the Caribbean. It began on Friday and continues till May 31 with six teams going up against each other at the Arnos Vale sporting complex. The VPL may be seen as sort of a testing ground as cricket prepares to return, not just in the West Indies, but everywhere else in the world. And when that day comes, be prepared for a few strange sights. The players were not allowed to use saliva to shine the ball, as recommended by the ICC, and maintained social distancing at various points. They all entered the field separately and later exited in similar fashion. Both the on-field umpires and even the wicketkeepers were seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure. During the innings break, the ground staff was also seen wearing masks while evening up the patches near the bowlers' landing area. And as listed in the ICC's do's and don'ts, the players refrained from handing their caps and other personal items to the umpires. The ICC had also recommended that players use hand sanitisers to disinfect the ball. Accordingly, the The VPL has set up sanitising stations off the field and monitors the temperature of those going on it. Despite cricket not being a contact sport, the ICC had recommended that celebrations going forward should not involve any physical contact. Little surprise then that the fall of ...
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