Sri Lankan cricket team starts exercise in hopes of return to international cricket

The Sri Lankan cricket team started exercising from Monday in the hope of a return to international cricket with fitness focused on the first day while the team will also do field exercises from Tuesday.

Cricket has been stalled in Sri Lanka since March due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The England team had then visited Sri Lanka for a two-Test series but returned home early in the tour. The series has now been postponed indefinitely.

13 players from Sri Lanka Cricket Team started the exercise at the Colombo hotel amid tight security measures. Their exercise camp will last for 12 days including fitness drills along with field exercises. After the first day’s exercise, Captain Dimuth Karunaratne said that the team wants to return to international cricket and hence started the exercise.

Karunaratne said, ‘I believe it is time to exercise and return to the old rhythm at the level of fitness and skill. We want the return of international cricket and hence we have started the exercise. According to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tour Program (FTP), Sri Lanka were to play a series of three ODIs from South Africa and Hindustan in June-July. He has to host Bangladesh for three Test matches in August. All three matches are part of the World Test Championship. Fast bowler engaged in exercise

The players who have started the exercise include most of the bowlers. These include Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajita, Lahiru Kumara, Duniya Fernando, Isuru Udana, Lesith Mbuldeniya, Symptom Sandakan, Danush Shanaka and Nuwan Pradeep. Sri Lanka Cricket Team said that these players will not be allowed to leave the hotel or exercise venue for personal reasons. So far 1,633 people have been infected with Kovid-19 in Sri Lanka out of which 11 have died.

South African team will start training next week?
On the one hand the Sri Lankan team has started the exercise, on the other hand the South African cricketers are expected to start training next week and they can also participate in the exhibition match this month, provided it is approved by the government. The possibility of restarting outdoor training increased when the country reached level three of the five-stage lockdown on Monday.

In Level 3 of the lockdown, non-contact professional sports are allowed to resume training and matches upon approval from the Sports Ministry of the country. According to media reports, the sports organizations of South Africa have presented to the government, including Cricket South Africa (CSA). It has mentioned its standard operating procedure (SOP) to resume its training. As part of the phased process of restarting the game, the CSA wants the franchise cricketers to return to the field, following ICC guidelines first. The CSA will then assess whether it is possible for players to travel to other provinces for camp and then organize matches.


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