ICC rule change to limit official team personnel to 23 | Daily News
With effect from World Twenty20 in Australia

ICC rule change to limit official team personnel to 23

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made a rule change limiting official team personnel to 23 at major tournaments. The restrictions are set to come into force for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October.

Under the new guidelines for category one events, a country can select up to 15 players and eight off-field employees such as coaches, physiotherapists and analysts. No other individuals will be accredited for tournaments, other than a team doctor, who can be on hand at an individual country’s expense.

During last summer’s march to a first global 50-over title, England registered 11 support staff plus Dr Mark Wotherspoon. They also had psychologist David Young, wicketkeeping coach Bruce French, fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, spin bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq and multi-media editor Greg Stobart travel with them regularly, taking the overall party number to 32.

But the ICC - who are slashing entourages to cut costs and help with logistics when it comes to hotels and travel - are also outlawing the presence of extra personnel and players being on hand as potential injury replacements.

It means England and other leading countries who invest heavily in back-up resources such as Australia and India will have to be selective on who they chose with some staff likely to have to combine roles. During the 2019 World Cup, in addition to Trevor Bayliss and his three assistant coaches Chris Silverwood, Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood, England’s official party included physiotherapist Craig de Weymarn, strength and conditioning coach Phil Scott, analyst Nathan Leamon, massage therapist Mark Saxby, operations manager Phil Neale, media manager Danny Reuben and security adviser Reg Dickason. – Daily Mail


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