As Indian cricket action gets set to resume after almost a 2 month hiatus, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a doubt over senior team members like captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma joining the team.
According to sources, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could allow the players to return to training by next week, after the government announces easing down of nationwide restrictions due to Covid-19. But Kohli, and Rohit, who stay in the pandemic-stricken Mumbai, may be left stranded in their homes, whilst team members from other cities take part in the training sessions.
Speaking in an interview to news agency AFP, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said:
“For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay.”
Dhumal further stated that after the easing down of lockdown, the players might return for “some skill-based training” outdoors in different parts of the country.
He also revealed that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore is being prepared to contest the post-lockdown plan for the players, so that it can be adapted according to the restrictions in place.
“As of now we are working, given the lockdown restrictions, through apps and online modes. The coaches and support staff are regularly in touch with the players,” said Dhumal. “Everybody would be keen to hit the ground and the idea is whenever we are ready for cricket to resume, they (the players) are able to give their 100 percent.” Dhumal concluded.