The pandemic spread of the Coronavirus has to lead to the whole world coming to a halt. Countries all across the world have been completely lockdown and all the citizens of the world are in self-isolation. With everyone locked indoors, it has not stopped the English Cricket team’s make and female captains to stop their training. The captains in Joe Root and Heather Knight have been following personal fitness regimes to stay fit till the time cricket begins. Although, there has been no update what so ever on when will the sporting events resume. England and Wales Cricket Board had announced a 7-week delay to the start of the English County season due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. The announcement came last week ago.
England’s Cricket Team was supposed to host West Indies from 4th June which but with the pandemic outbreak, the series may be affected as the ECB read a statement on Tuesday saying ” there is uncertainty surrounding when, or if, the domestic and international summer will start.”
To maintain fitness and stay in touch with the game, the ECB has created a personalized training program for all the centrally contracted male and female cricket players.
Test skipper Joe Root said: “While it has been good to get some downtime after our return from Sri Lanka, keeping my fitness up is really important so I can be at the top of my game when we get back on the field. I’m an active person anyway, with my young son keeping me busy, but having a structured plan will help me improve in certain areas.”
Root ends with, “We’d obviously much rather be playing cricket right now, but this gives us an opportunity to recover from a demanding past 12 months and get our bodies in good shape for when matches resume.”
England’s Women cricket team captain Heather Knight also commented on the same saying, “It’s obviously not ideal but it’s a great way of trying to stay in shape and keep ticking over.
“This is a new challenge — we’ll all just be doing what we can to maintain our levels and hopefully be as ready as we can when we get back playing, whenever that comes.”
England Cricket Board’s national lead coach for strength and conditioning Rob Ahmun has revealed that the ECB has provided all of it’s centrally contracted male and female cricket players with a personalized home training package. The players have received training materials like including ropes, resistance bands, medicine balls, kettle ball, etc that will help them work out and stay fit.
“If the season does come about and we know we have, say, a six-week build-up to the season we’ve ensured the players aren’t starting for a training base of zero, they’re starting from a decent base so they can hit the ground running,” he said.