As cricket slowly comes back into the fold, the BCCI has made a major announcement regarding the Indian team’s process of making a return. Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President, reportedly announced that team India men’s team would not have a training camp before August. The Men in Blue last played an international match in February while their ODI series in March against South Africa stood suspended.
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The game of cricket has begun its road to normalcy. On the 8th of July, England will be hosting the West Indies in a three-match Test series. The Pakistan cricket team departed for England on Monday, where they would partake in three Tests and three T20Is in August and September. Despite COVID-19 positive cases amongst Pakistan players, the PCB refused to call off the series.
As far as the Indian cricket team is concerned, most cricketers have stayed active over social media while few others have resumed outdoor training. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara have returned to outdoor training drills. Rohit took to social media and wrote: “Good to be back on the park getting some work done felt like myself after a long time.” On the other hand, Pujara trained in his academy in Rajkot alongside his Saurashtra teammates.
Asia Cup will be a struggle this year: BCCI official
A representative of the BCCI responded to PCB’s chosen window of staging Asia Cup this year as unrealistic. Pakistan is looking to have the Asia Cup in September-October while completing the remaining matches of 2020 PSL in November. According to BCCI, the same timeframe does not suit them and also requested the PCB to defer PSL to next year.
“Asia Cup will be a struggle this year. Going by the statement of the Chief Executive of the PCB, the window that suits them doesn’t suit India. Maybe they can postpone PSL next year if BCCI is able to open up a window during that period. Otherwise conducting the Asia Cup doesn’t seem too practical as these are challenging times,” the official told Times of India.
The Indian Cricket Board is even aiming at hosting IPL later this year at some point. The cash-rich league resulted in postponement twice while the initial starting date was of the 29th of March. While they have already booked the September-November window, it all depends upon ICC’s decision towards the 2020 T20 World Cup, slated to take place in Australia from the 18th of October.