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Team India Likely To Train in Ahmedabad Before Australia tour

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might schedule the training session for Team India’s player in Ahmedabad ahead of the Australia tour in October. The renovated Motera Stadium is being considered for the venue because of his advanced services.

India is scheduled to tour Australia to play three-match T20I, four-match Test and three-match ODI series later this year. The T20I series, which is scheduled in October, is the preparatory series ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.

However, the mega event’s suspension might also cancel the series. In December, the two teams will play Border-Gavaskar series at four different venues – Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Following this, the ODI series is scheduled in January.

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine (Australia)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Google

As far as Training camp is concerned, Indian Express reported that the facilities at the world’s largest Motera have tilted the scales in its favour for the camp. Major cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and many more are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases even after implementing two months strict lockdown. So, they could not be in the option. 

Meanwhile, Team India’s player Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and other cricketers have started their practices while following the safety norms of their area.

Virat Kohli spectacularly led Team India:

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The outbreak of the coronavirus has hashed the cricketing schedules. As per reports, the series between India and England in September will get postponed. Also, New Zealand A’s visit to the country next month will be called off. 

Indian players haven’t played a competitive match in the past five months. They were last seen on the grounds in the away series against New Zealand.

The ODI series against South Africa Earlier in March got cancelled though the Proteas had landed India. Indian Premier League(IPL) which was scheduled to start from 29th March also got postponed indefinitely. However, speculations of hosting the cash-rich league later this year never die.

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Training Camp For The Indian Cricketers Can Begin In The Second Half Of June

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.

Indian cricketers, NCA, BCCI
Indian players (Image Credits: Twitter)

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.

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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.

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Indian players (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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.

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England Players Will Begin Individual Skills-Based Training From Next Week

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has pressed the pause button for cricket indefinitely, and the lockdown has resulted in the postponement of the training camps. While every team is eyeing how to return to the game, England men’s cricketers are getting ready to return to individual skills-based training from next week.

On last Thursday (14th May), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that the English players will now begin the individual skills-based training. Around 30 men’s players, including centrally contracted players and other invited through the county system, will attend this programme.

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In the present pandemic situation, the ECB will ensure that the training follows the controlled environment by utilising venues across the countries. During this training period, the safety protocols and social distancing measures for players and staff, which have been set out by the Government’s elite sport return to training guidance, will be followed.

The bowlers are expected to reach their desired loading efforts in the two-week of this training programme. Then, the batsmen and wicket-keepers will start their respective training programmes on an individual basis.

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The ECB press release has also clarified the protocols during the “Individual Field-Based Skills” training. These protocols are as follows:

  • Players will train individually on a staggered basis with a coach, physio and, where possible, a strength and conditioning coach in attendance.
  • Each individual will observe strict social-distancing, hygiene and temperature testing protocols.
  • The ECB, working with counties, will request a number of county coaches to assist with one-to-one coaching. The ECB will fund this.
  • Players and support staff to arrive in the training kit ready to practice.
  • Players and support staff temperatures will be taken before they will be allowed to train.
  • The physio will have to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to treat injuries. The PPE will be sourced and funded by the ECB.
  • Dressing rooms and other venue facilities will be closed.

These are the first steps for England players return to training

The Managing Director of the England men’s cricket team Ashley Giles has confirmed that these are the first steps for players return to training ahead of the beginning of delayed home summer.

Ashley Giles
Ashley Giles (Image Credit: Twitter)

The ECB statement also added, “The next two phases of training, which will be imposed by the Government in conjunction with the ECB’s medical team, will be announced in due course.”

According to the FTP schedule, England will host West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland in this summer. While the Test series fixture with the West Indies has already been postponed, other fixtures can also face similar fates.

Meanwhile, England Women’s players are likely to begin their training in late June.

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez
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PCB Announces Training Camp Squad; Shoaib Malik And Mohammad Hafeez Miss Out

On Monday (16th September), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 20-member probable squad for the upcoming training camp. The selectors have not included two senior-most cricketers, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, in the training camp squad.

Ahead of the home limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, these 20 Pakistan players will participate in the upcoming training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. This camp will begin this Wednesday (18th September). On 23rd September, the PCB is likely to announce the ODI and T20I squads for the Sri Lanka series.

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Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez =
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Soon, Sri Lanka will tour in Pakistan for the three-match ODI and three-match T20I series. The ODI series will run from 27th September to 2nd October. Later, they will play the T20I series from 5th October to 9th October. It will be their first international cricket assignment for Pakistan after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

PCB already announced that Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam would play the captain and vice-captain roles respectively in these series.

From the World Cup 2019 squad, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez missed out

The 37-year-old Shoaib Malik and the 38-year-old Mohammad Hafeez both are busy in the ongoing CPL 2019. PCB has clarified that both have the NOC to participate in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) until 12th October 2019. So, both these senior players are unavailable for the upcoming home limited-over series against Sri Lanka.

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez (Image Credit: Google)

From the final 15-member Pakistan squad in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, only these two seniors and Shaheen Afridi have missed out the training camp squad. Due to diagnosing with dengue fever, the 19-year-old left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has missed out this training camp.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imam Ul Haq
Shaheen Afridi (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Apart from the other World Cup members, Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan and Usman Shinwari are also in the training camp squad. Abid Ali and Faheem Ashraf were in the initial World Cup 2019 squad but missed out the final squad.

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20-member probables for the pre-season training camp: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz