From May 18, India will be entering in the fourth phase of lockdown where the government will ease some restrictions while some new things will be implemented following the assessment of the situation. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proclaimed that skill-based training sessions might get started in accordance with the government’s guidelines after May 18.
So far, doctors have not found a proper medication to treat the deadly virus, and social distancing is the only way to curb the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, players have locked themselves behind closed doors but, as said, people need to learn to live with the virus hence sports activities might be resumed even if the pandemic continues.
BCCI is exploring options:
The board will have to take proper measures and follow safety guidelines while resuming the training sessions. According to BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, the Indian board has already prepared a roadmap for players after lockdown is revoked. While BCCI is also waiting for government orders and guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown
“Yes, the BCCI is exploring options to see how our players can start their skill-based outdoor training provided there are favourable guidelines from central government post May 18,” Dhumal said.
“We have a roadmap in place for the players in the post lockdown phase.”
Players are training themselves through an app:
Team India players have not played a competitive match since March after the nationwide lockdown was announced. Well, players have focused on their fitness while being at home. Dhumal opined there is a customised app for players and support staff which has been provided by the BCCI for their training.
“They have been using the app for their training purposes. All the senior India players and support staff have that app,” Dhumal said.
It is the first time in history that a virus has brought sports activities to a standstill. However, efforts are being made to resume sports and entertain people during a depressing situation.