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13 members will undergo 12-day ‘Residential Training Camp’

Sri Lanka men cricketers return to training from today

Sri Lanka men’s cricketers at training.
Sri Lanka men’s cricketers at training.

The National men’s cricketers will return to training from today 1 June), strictly adhering to the health regulations imposed by the Government in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, the selected squad of 13 members will undergo a 12-day ‘Residential Training Camp’ at the CCC, Colombo, whilst they will stay as a group in a hotel during the entirety of the camp.

The players taking part in the camp represent a general squad chosen from across all formats, and primarily consist of bowlers, as they need more time for ‘conditioning’ before going into active competition.

The coaching and support staff consists of a four member units.

The 12-day ‘Residential Training Camp’ was implemented, taking into consideration the health regulations imposed by the Government, which specifies cricket as a ‘High Risk’ sport and needs residential training.

Sri Lanka Cricket has taken all required measures in consultation with the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety of every individual involved in this exercise, and has formulated a set of procedures to adhere, during the camp period and before.

Accordingly, some of the procedures are as follows:

- All vehicles involved in the program will be disinfected before commencing the ‘Residential Camp’ and also during the camp period.

- Whilst health officials already visited the hotel and the practice venue, and provided health guidelines to the staff members of the respective venues to follow, during the camp period.

- Members taking part in the camp will not be allowed to leave the hotel premises or the practice venue to attend personal matters during the training period.

Sri Lanka are preparing to host India for a limited-overs series in July.

However, India’s cricket board has said it will wait for more clarity regarding curbs on international travel before making a decision on the tour.

On Saturday, South Africa also allowed training and playing of professional non-contact sport, a decision welcomed by its cricket board.  “This is a big boost for the operational side of our cricket,” Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) acting chief executive, Jacques Faul, said in a statement.

CSA’s COVID-19 steering committee will meet on Monday to draw up a protocol for the return to training and playing, he added. On Saturday, Britain allowed elite competitive sport in England to resume behind closed doors from Monday, in compliance with strict conditions.

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