The lockdown has brought the world to a halt and everyone is praying for this pandemic to be over soon. Meanwhile, organizations are busy developing models to keep work going amidst the coronavirus scare. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is also developing plans so that after the lockdown ends the Indian cricket team does not suffer because of lack of practice.
Indian cricket board (BCCI) is working on an ‘isolation’ camp for its players to get things underway for the resumption of cricket amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The board is looking for a place that could be outside the defined containment zones to have its senior players, team management and other staff to get started with the training after a gap of over two months.
The National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru has all the facilities for training but there are still cases of Covid-19 in the city. The idea is to have a set of players, coaching staff and people – including catering, security and housekeeping – in a quarantined and sanitized atmosphere. BCCI is also working on the idea of other alternative venues that will be deemed ‘safe’ by the central government.
Everyone picked for the camp – from players to general staff – will have to clear health prerequisites and will not move out of the camp premises. However, by the looks of things, it will be difficult to get the camp going in the near future. It might take more than a month and will depend on the relaxations given by the government after May 18.
Given the circumstances, India’s impending tour of Sri Lanka in late June looks highly unlikely. The players would need at least a month and a half to get back into their groove for an international tournament. The focus right now is clearly on the ICC T20 World Cup or a curtailed IPL, if possible.