Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur has on Wednesday (May 20) revealed that the Islanders are expecting to return to training from 1 June in bio-secure venues once they get the green signal from Lankan government and Health Ministry.
Sri Lanka’s home series against England and South Africa have already been postponed due to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic which has put cricket on hold since March.
Well, Island nation managed to control the spread of the deadly COVID-19 as they have reported just over 1,000 cases so far and now the government is prepared to ease lockdown restrictions.
Arthur told ESPNcricinfo, “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 the captains and my support staff.”
The coach further revealed that Sri Lanka’s training will be initially limited to fast bowlers and if everything will go smoothly without any risk, they can train the whole squad form June 20.
He said, “It is looking good with the health ministry, but it will be a smaller group. We’ll probably priorities our fast bowlers because they are the ones who are going to need more time to get back into it.”
Arthur signed off by saying, “Once we get some assurances from the medical staff around the world that biosecure (environment) is fine and what the virus could do to you potentially if you got it. And then hopefully after the first 20 days of June, we could virtually have our whole squad back training.”
(With ESPNcricinfo Inputs)