The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may allow the Indian team members to train outside from next week depending on the government’s decision in the fourth phase of lockdown, to be announced on May 18.
However, two of the top stars of the Indian team, Captain Virat Kohli and white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma may miss out on this opportunity given that both reside in the Coronavirus hotspot of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The state government is likely to implement stricter controls in the capital of the state and even extend the lockdown till May 31.
"For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told AFP.
Mumbai has recorded almost 1,000 coronavirus deaths and accounts for more than a third of India's fatalities so far. The number of new cases is still rising.
While international cricket and the Indian Premier League have been high-profile sporting victims of the coronavirus, Kohli and other players have been posting pictures of their indoor training and other activities on social media during the lockdown.
"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 signed off.