A selected group of Sri Lankan cricketers would resume training on Monday (1st of June) in a bid to take the initiative to restart the sport. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board announced on Sunday that the players who would begin to train would mainly be bowlers. Earlier, head coach Mickey Arthur was also optimistic that his players would return to the field for warm-ups.
Professional cricket has been suspended all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing havoc in all the countries. The last instance of international cricket was witnessed back in March when Australia took on New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a One-day international. The trans-Tasman rivals played the game behind closed doors, without spectators.
The home series against England and South Africa were also deferred, owing to the uncertainties caused by the global health crisis. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka are pulling all the stops to host the Indian cricket team for a limited-overs series in July. It also depends upon BCCI’s decision and the steps regarding their government’s clearance.
Sri Lankan Cricket Board to select squad from the camp players:
Sri Lankan cricket has claimed in a statement that thirteen players will check into a hotel for a 12-day residential camp at the Colombo Cricket Club. The apex body of cricket in the nation said that they would choose players for the upcoming series from this camp and would particularly constitute bowlers as they require loosening themselves. The Board would also ensure that everyone follows the best practices to keep themselves safe.
“The players taking part in the camp represent a general squad chosen from across all formats, and primarily consist of bowlers, as they need more time for conditioning before going into active competition.” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement today.