Sri Lankan cricketers may resume training from 1 June

Paola Ditto
Mag 23, 2020

Earlier this month, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board expressed interest in hosting India for a limited-overs series.

Sri Lanka are hoping to resume training from June 1 provided they get clearance from the country's health ministry, coach Mickey Arthur has said. SLC's chief executive Ashley de Silva and chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel, too, were part of the meeting, along with the medical experts.

Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo on Thursday, he said, "We are keeping all global grounds ready for any kind of matches-be it internationals or domestic tournament".

"Last Wednesday we had a quick meeting because we are starting to get our plans in place for June 1. Once we get the official go-ahead from the Ministry of Health, I will start putting meat into that structure with captains and support staff", Arthur told ESPNcricinfo. "With each player listing what they feel they need to improve and what they think they are good at", he said. "There won't be any batting sessions". If this camp goes on smoothly, the full-fledged training with more players could be held in the third week of June. "The players will get back to training, but we have to figure out other details about this tour".

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During the lockdown, Arthur had individual communication with the players.

A news agency report says neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed the tours, which will have to involve substantial logistical challenges, including having player quarantine measures in place, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a great vibe around our training sessions, lot of laughter. I have shared my thoughts with them, and they have had their inputs.

Sri Lanka has already had to postpone home series against England and South Africa because of the global health crisis. There are fewer than 500 active cases of the disease on the island - that number has remained steady for roughly two weeks.

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