Hand sanitizer on boundary ropes in Vincy Premier T10 League
Cricket during coronavirus as it’s being played out in the Caribbean this week in the T10 league. No fans allowed, no saliva on the ball and hand sanitizers on the boundary ropes will be provided.
There are six teams are taking part in the Vincy Premier T10 League at the picturesque Arnos Vale venue near Kingstown.
Although very low key in the global affairs of international cricket, it’s the first tournament to be staged in a Test-playing region. They have adapted some precautionary measures as the coronavirus pandemic is still persisting.
The T10 league authority at first hoped that spectators would be allowed to attend as the risk of infection was considered to be extremely low. It was initially at that time when the country was with just 18 recorded cases only.
“The St Vincent and Grenadines Cricket Association (SVGCA) would have preferred an option of a limited number of spectators, maybe 300 or 500 max in the stadium,” admitted SVGCA president Kishore Shallow.
“However, the experts expressed some initial concerns and advised that we attempt to regularize the management of players before we consider having spectators.”
Local fans had hoped to see home star Sunil Ambris, one of six so-called ‘marquee players’ in the tournament which runs until May 31.
“Yes, I could understand the frustration, but similarly, I appreciate the preference of (the health authority) that they do not want to encourage social gatherings,” added Shallow.
“At the end of the day, our safety and wellbeing are of paramount importance.”
The tournament is also the first to take place with bowlers banned from applying saliva to the ball. Although saliva is a long-standing tool in helping achieve swing and more time in the air.
The game’s rulers are outlawing the practice as part of the battle against the spread of global pandemic.
Other safety measures see hand sanitizers situated on the boundary. There will be temperature checks as well as. Umpires will be wearing face masks in order to maintain safety protocol.