Umpires wearing masks, players sanitising their hands every 10 overs and a lack of spectators could make for a unique summer of cricket.
Cricket Victoria sent associations and clubs a 25-page document on Friday, outlining the strict "return to play" guidelines and COVID-19 procedures that need to be followed for the cricket season to go ahead.
Under the mantra "cricket in a pandemic is a privilege - not a right", Cricket Victoria said players should try and minimise any time spent within 1.5 metres of each other. Strictly no physical contact can occur, including high fives and handshakes.
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Horsham Cricket Association president Chris Hopper said clubs would have to adapt to cricket under COVID protocols.
"There are lots of things which people haven't had to deal with in the past, that they're going to have to take seriously now," he said.
"It's going to be with us for the entire season, I believe. So, it's something that we're all just going to have to get used to.
"It's going to be a learning experience for all involved. They're all things that are achievable."
On the field, players will no longer be able to shine the ball with sweat or saliva.
Cricket Victoria advised associations to establish procedures to address any accidental or intentional cases of this occurring.
The ball must also be cleaned after 10 overs, and at every scheduled break, with an antibacterial wipe.
The umpires - including any player who might be standing in - are not allowed to touch the ball at any stage.
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All players, umpires and officials will be required to sanitise their hands every 10 overs.
Cricket Victoria recommended associations only play one-day or Twenty20 games to ensure the maximum number of matches are played in a season and avoid complications should a player or a number of players need to isolate due to COVID-19 midway through a two-day game.
Mr Hopper said the Horsham Cricket Association was eyeing off a start to the season in late-October, or early November.
"We'll have to talk with clubs. The AFL Grand Final (on October 24) is an obvious clash with cricket," he said.
"But, if we've got the green light we could possibly be having a practice round to test our COVID procedures.
"(It's a chance) to just set some games up, get around to all the clubs and make sure that we're ready to go."
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The guidelines are based on regional Victoria being in step three of the state government's roadmap to recovery, and they could change in coming weeks if the region moves into step two.
Under the training policy, three groups of 10 can train at one time - one group of 10 in the nets, one group of 10 on half of the ground and another group of 10 on the other half of the ground.
Groups can rotate, but not mix, and clubs can't use two consecutive nets. There must be one "cleared" net between groups.
An attendance log/register which clearly identifies all people in attendance at each training session must be maintained and available upon request by the association, Cricket Victoria or relevant authorities.
Cricket Victoria advised that there is strictly to be no sharing of personal items and equipment.
Those aged over 12 must wear a mask, except whilst batting, bowling. or fielding.
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