Afghanistan cricketers have resumed training sessions on Sunday (March 7) amid the global pandemic. Senior players Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman and other national players attended the training camp at the Kabul Cricket Stadium. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) also released the pictures of the cricketers wearing masks and following social distancing during the practice.
22 Afghanistan cricketers will attend a month-long training camp:
The training camp will focus on improving the skills of players in all the three departments bowling, batting, and fielding. It will be a month-long training camp where the players will have to strictly follow health guidelines laid out by WHO and Afghanistan’s health ministry.
“This camp will be held under the relevant health guidelines and in close coordination with the ICC, WHO and the ministry of public health of Afghanistan to avoid the spread of COVID-19,” an ACB media release mentioned, reported by India Today.
On Saturday, June 6, the players attended a COVID-19 awareness meeting. They were made aware of the guidelines to be maintained during the training camp.
A total of 22 national players including Rashid Khan started their camp in four separate phases a day that each phase consists of 5-6 players only to follow social distancing. Notably, Afghanistan cricketers are scheduled to travel Australia in November to play a day-night Test match at Perth. It would be their first pink ball game.
Here’s the list of players including Rashid Khan, who attended the camp:
Asghar Afghan (C ), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazrathullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omerzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Shahzad, Sayed Shirzad, Darwish Rasooli, Zahir Khan Paktin, Farid Malik, Hamza Hotak and Sharafudin Ashraf.