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‘We may have to get used to playing in this manner in the future’ – skipper Dimuth

Lankan cricketers commence training after lockdown

Health officials briefing the Sri Lanka squad members prior to the commencement of the Training Camp yesterday.
Health officials briefing the Sri Lanka squad members prior to the commencement of the Training Camp yesterday.

Sri Lanka's national cricketers began training together from yesterday at the CCC for the first time in more than two-and-a-half months to sharpen their skills and fitness ahead of a potential restart of the international game.

“Covid-19 affected all the countries and we are starting training as a group from today (Monday). I think it is high time to train ourselves and get back to our fitness level and skill levels. We want to give our 200 percent to start playing international cricket once again,” said Test and ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne ahead of the training session.

“As a team we should be happy that we have started practice. It will be a bit difficult than normal days. In future we may have to get used to playing in this manner,” he said.

“Initially we have to keep the social distances which may be difficult as cricket is a team game. We have been briefed by the health officials on the use of clothes, towels, balls, the way to use the gym etc and we are strictly following the guidelines set by them.”

Health officials briefed the squad members yesterday morning, prior to the commencement of the training camp. A 13-member squad began a 12-day training session with indoor fitness drills yesterday. Ground training is scheduled to commence from today. The squad primarily consists of bowlers, whilst several players have been included to undergo rehabilitation, according to Sri Lanka Cricket.

The squad comprises: Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan and Dasun Shanaka.

The players who will undergo rehabilitation: Nuwan Pradeep, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka.

Cricket in the country came to a halt on March 13 when the visiting England team pulled out on the second day of a four-day practice match ahead of their two-Test series.

Since then Sri Lanka Cricket has postponed a one-day series (ODI and T20I) against South Africa.

A similar series against India in July-August and a two-Test series against Bangladesh in August-September are pending approval from both Cricket Boards.


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