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As the country is moving to the ease from the lockdown process, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking to resume the training camp for the Indian team. The BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal believes that a training camp is possible in the second half of June if the situation improves.
The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has destroyed all the recent planning of the cricket events as most of the settled fixtures have been postponed for the indefinite period. While the coronavirus started to spread in India from last March, during the home three-match ODI series against South Africa, that series was postponed after the first abandoned ODI, and the Indian players haven’t involved with the game since then.
As the country was going through the strict lockdown period, the Indian cricketers were mostly maintaining their fitness training from home. While the government is now easing the lockdown process, the Indian governing cricket body is now thinking to resume the training camp of the national players.
Arun Dhumal has clarified that the BCCI and National Cricket Academy (NCA) are monitoring every situation, studying all the guidelines and considering how to start the training camp. Talking about the training camp, the BCCI is searching for the safe venue, and the NCA is one of their priority. If the situation continuously improves, the BCCI is hopeful to start the training camp process in the second half of June.
According to timesnownews.com, Dhumal said, “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.”
Indian players are very keen to return to the training camp: BCCI treasurer
Dhumal has also added that the Indian players are very keen to return to the ground and start training as many are finding it difficult to continue their training at home.
Dhumal added, “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.”
The Cricket Australia (CA) has recently revealed the full fixtures of India tour of Australia 2020/21, where the top Asian team will play three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and four-match Test series against the hosts. Though it can be rescheduled according to the upcoming situation, the Australia tour is very much on for the Indian players.
Now, there is a talk about whether the Indian cricketers will get enough match-practice before the upcoming Australian tour or not.