The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has put the cricketing world to a halt. Though associate nations are resuming the sport with different leagues, international cricket is quite far from resumption. And while certain players from other countries have returned to training, Indian cricketers are yet to witness resumption in practicing. However, the BCCI Treasurer, Arun Dhumal has revealed that the board is looking for a window to organize a camp for all the contracted players in the second half of June.
Team India last played the sport during the New Zealand tour in the first week of March. Since then, the three-match ODI series against South Africa got postponed and the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended indefinitely.
Now, slowly the situation is improving with each passing day and, cricket associations are finding a way of bringing cricket back on track. But before that, they will have to conduct extreme practice sessions for the cricketers as they were fully out of touch from the game for the last couple of months.
Talking about the same, Arun Dhumal said that the BCCI is looking for an appropriate window for the players. He added that the board is researching on finding perfect playing venues as well. NCA is going through the guidelines issued by the state government and they are yet to come to finalize the decision of bringing every contracted player to a particular venue.
Dhumal recited that the board has shortlisted venues and they are looking forward that they might get the opportunity to conduct a training session for the players once travel restrictions being eased. He explained, “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.”
During a chat with Times Now, Dhumal added, “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.”