The International Cricket Council (ICC) logo at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro

MUMBAI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Cricketers facing mental health issues during the Twenty20 World Cup will have 24-hour access to a psychologist, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.

The preliminary round matches of the tournament, which will be played under a bio-secure environment, will start on Oct. 17 in United Arab Emirates and Oman. The event was moved to the Gulf states after a surge of COVID-19 infections in India.

The players will have to isolate for six days on arrival, during which they will undergo three COVID-19 tests, before they enter the so-called ‘bubbles’ or managed environment.

“We should expect that some people will be affected, their mental health will be affected by being in confined conditions again, particularly perhaps for those who have done it for a long period of time,” Alex Marshall, the ICC’s head of integrity, told reporters.

“The ICC will have available 24 hours a day, a psychologist to speak to any individual who seeks help,” he said. “There’s a number of things we’re doing … But I think from a day-to-day basis, making sure we keep the environment friendly and pleasant for them.”

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