Ottawa – Cricket Canada has released its “Return To Play Guidelines!” The released Cricket Canada plan draws extensively on the International Cricket Council “ Back To Cricket ” document which was prepared by the ICC Medical Committee and released on May 20, 2020. As a result of the rapidly evolving public health environment associated with CV-19, these Guidelines are, however, subject to change.
The objective of the document is to provide guidelines to assist Cricket Canada’s member organizations and affiliated Leagues in developing policies that will allow a safe return to playing cricket without compromising the health of any of the individuals involved.
The Guidelines do not provide any answers to the question as to when ‘when can cricket restart, as this is wholly dependent upon the specific restrictions that have been implemented by the respective provinces. Rather, the document offers guidance on how members can return to play alongside the resumption of outdoor sport and exercise in their province, once they are able to. Existing National, Provincial and/or Local Government regulations and guidance should, however, always take precedence over the Cricket Canada Return To Play Guidelines!
The Cricket Canada Return To Play Guidelines are also aimed primarily at local community-based cricket activities rather than higher-level competitions, including international matches and the annual GT20 Canada Tournament. These will require far more detailed planning as a result of the associated international travel logistics.
Cricket Canada has als noted that even if the Guidelines are respected, no cricket activity, including training or match play, should commence until expressly permitted by the relevant Provincial and Municipal authorities.