The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is contemplating at the idea of organising training camp for the cricketers. The board is looking at a window in the second half of June to organise the camp for the contracted cricketers and re-start intense training after relaxations were considerably eased in the country.
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Cricketers around the country have not been able to train well since March due to the pandemic. Cricket action around the world is currently suspended due to the pandemic. The ODI between Australia and New Zealand on March 13 was the last international game before all the boards called off their respective international and domestic events.
But with the government of India recently announcing several relaxations after a strict lockdown, the hopes of cricket’s resumptions have increased. BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal has said the board is working and monitoring all developments very closely to resume the sport. He also said that NCA is one of the venues where the players could start training.
“National Cricket Academy (NCA) is studying the guidelines given by state governments and we are discussing all possibilities, like potential venues and travel. Once we are 100% sure that we can get the players to one particular venue, we will. We have shortlisted venues, NCA is one, rest options being discussed but we are hopeful that in the second half of June, a camp will be possible If things keep on improving and especially with travel restrictions being eased,” Arun Dhumal was quoted as saying by timesnownews.com.
As far as cricketers are concerned, they have been confined to their homes. Several players have been highly active on social media during this period. Dhumal said that all the players are keen to return to the ground.
“All of them are very keen to go back to the ground and start training, those staying in flats and apartments are finding it very difficult to train but there are some who have the option of running and doing outdoor exercises. Everyone is looking forward to playing on the ground now,” said Arun Dhumal.
Team India has not played a game since the second Test in New Zealand. Their scheduled ODI series against South Africa in March was called off before the BCCI suspended the IPL indefinitely.