The International Cricket Council (ICC) is said to have made significant changes to the rules governing ‘playing conditions’ for ‘Covid-positive players’ in the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.
According to the most recent ICC playing conditions, players will be allowed to play even if they test positive for Coronavirus if cleared by the team doctor, according to cricket.com.au. In addition, if a Covid-positive player does not receive the required mandatory clearance from the team doctor, the team can replace him.
According to the report, if a player tests positive for Coronavirus, he will not be subjected to regular testing during the tournament and will not be required to be isolated. Previously, a Covid-positive player was required to take several Covid tests and isolate.
ICC most likely made changes to rules regarding ‘playing conditions’ as rapid vaccination programs across the world has helped in improving Covid-19 situation.
During the Women’s T20 International final between India and Australia at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, Australian women cricketer Tahlia McGrath was allowed to play by the ICC despite testing Covid positive ahead of the match.
Organizers in UK dealt with the situation on a case-by-case basis during the event. McGrath was seen sitting separately from rest of her teammates with a mask on. But she later celebrated Australia’s historic Gold medal win with the entire team. Fans might witness a similar thing during T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
In terms of India’s schedule for the T20 World Cup 2022, the Men in Blue will play their first match against Pakistan on October 23rd. Prior to the match against Pakistan, India will play two warm-up matches, the first against Australia on October 17 at Brisbane’s Gabba Stadium, and the second against New Zealand on October 19.