On Thursday, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal told that Top cricketers might start skill-based outdoor training after 18th May if restrictions are eased in the fourth phase of the national lockdown. It depends on the lockdown phase 4 in which restrictions may ease for the training of Indian Cricketers.
Due to the countrywide lockdown, all top athletes are confined to their homes and are just doing some exercises to keep themselves fit during the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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.
Asked to elaborate, Dhumal said: “Since players can’t travel, we are looking at options to see if they can start their skills training (net sessions) at grounds near their residences. The BCCI is in constant touch with the government. We have a roadmap in place for the players in the post lockdown phase.”
The trainer of the national team has provided drill charts to each of the Indian players. Among the top Indians players only Mohammed Shami has its own full sized cricket ground in his native village in Uttar Pradesh. While other players are locked in metropolitan cities and need gym’s to stay fit.
BCCI has provided a customized app for players and support staff 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.
Treasurer also said unless there is full normalcy, the BCCI will not organise any camps. “The health and safety of our players is paramount. We will not have any camps till the travel restrictions are in place,” the treasurer added.
All the players are at there home from first day, practising social distancing norms. They are not in camps. However, he said that if there is mandatory to use the Arogya Setu App, then the guidelines will be followed by all players.
“For the time being skill-based training for players is our priority,” he said.