COVID-19: Sri Lanka cricketers to start training from Monday

In a statement released by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) a selected squad of 13 members will undergo a 12-day residential training camp.

Dimuth Karunaratne during a practice session at the P. Sara Oval cricket stadium in Colombo. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Sri Lanka cricketers will begin training from Monday in what would be the first step to return to action after the coronavirus shutdown.

In a statement released by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) a selected squad of 13 members will undergo a 12-day residential training camp at the Colombo Cricket Club.

The group chosen from across all three formats primarily consists of bowlers as they need more time for 'conditioning' before going into active competition. The players will be staying as a group in a select hotel during the entire camp period.

A four-member unit comprises of the coaching and support staff.

“Members taking part in the camp will not be allowed to leave the hotel premises or the practice venue to attend personal matters,” the statement read.

The release further stated that SLC has taken the necessary precautions to keep the players and support staff in a safe environment.

Cricket 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 the two-Test series.

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