Even though the COVID-19 lockdown has been partially lifted, inter-state travelling is still majorly prohibited across the country.
In such circumstances, it's highly improbable for the BCCI and the team management to be able to get players arriving from different corners for a national camp.
Aware of which, bowling coach Bharat Arun thinks the players should look to make use of the local association grounds near their homes to restart running and doing some skill-work.
"Partially now the lockdown is lifted but inter-state travel is going to be a problem. What the players are going to do is, they will be going to their respective hometown, the grounds that are available, they would do their running and they would also combine it with skill-work," said Arun in ‘Lockdown But Not Out’ series by FanCode.
It is understood that the team management wants players to go through a full-fledged national camp and then play some form of competitive cricket before re-entering the international game.
"It’d take us at least 6-8 weeks for us to play international matches, whereby we’d be first working on the skill, and fitness in the camps and then we’ll progress onto match simulations, and hopefully the BCCI can organize a tournament just before we play the international matches, that would be great for us," said Arun.
From the bowlers' point of view, the break would've helped them recover from their niggles and work on the fitness aspect.
"I’m not worried about the bowlers because they’ve had ample time in the last 2 months, to work on strength and their fitness," said Arun.
"Very rarely does an international cricketer, especially our bowlers, would get this kind of time to work on their fitness. Also, it is a wonderful opportunity for them to get over the little niggles, that they may have got over the long season."
"I’m very confident that when we regroup, they would be raring to go mentally and physically. They would be really raring to go and that augurs well for them," he concluded.
(Inputs from PTI)