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Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) has not officially resumed the training sessions, but as the lockdown is eased in some state, cricketers have started practice sessions in their nearby ground. The likes of Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa and other junior cricketers have become the first to take net sessions to start cricket activities after the gap of two months because of the pandemic.
As in Chennai’s MAC Stadium, only activities like players running and doing physical workouts have resumed. Also, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) have still not opened their facilities. So, as per the New Indian Express, the Karnataka players are having nets at Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC), a private coaching academy in the city, from this week.
Robin Uthappa and Co. are following health guidelines:
The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the implementation of new rules and health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. The players are also bringing their own set of balls in practice sessions. They have temperature checks at the entrance and have to use hand sanitizers regularly.
Importantly, bowlers are not allowed to use saliva and sweat to shine the ball. They are being trained to get rid of the habit of not using natural substances which are the carrier of the virus.
David Mathias, who was also in the training session, shares his experience of playing after an extended break. He said that it was good to be back and practice with his teammates. He added that he was getting used to bowling without the use of saliva and sweat but opined that bowlers need the third option for an assistant.
“We are excited to come back and practice. It’s a lot quieter than normal since there are just a few of us,” said Mathias.
“Things are a bit different. I am not using saliva on the ball. It is about getting used to it and it will become a habit. I have noticed that the ball may not be doing too much, but it is important to figure something out,” said Mathias as quoted by New Indian Express.
Earlier, pacer Shardul Thakur took to the nets at Palghar, near Mumbai. Well later, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) questioned him for resuming training without any official permit.