Team India camp before Indian Premier League looks doubtful | Cricket News
File photo: Virat Kohli, right, and Cheteswar Pujara during a practice session. (TOI photo)
NEW DELHI: India’s top cricket players are unlikely to have a national camp in Biker before the Indian Premier League, taking into account their health and safety amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
There is a high possibility that all centrally recruited cricketers, except Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma vihari (not listed in IPL), will join their respective IPL Dubai training teams from the start.
While BCCI Apex Council had concentrated on the state-of-the-art Motera stadium for the conditioning camp, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has not yet received any formal information from the BCCI.
“There were media reports that the camp will start from August 18 and continue until September 4, but so far we have no formal information from the BCCI,” a GCA official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
There are known to have been discussions on the issue that players traveling through various cities, from their homes to Ahmedabad and then Dubai, may be exposed to increased health risk in this current scenario and it is appropriate for the camp to be on hold. for the moment.
“In any case, where is the logic of doing a red ball camp before IPL when they are playing in a completely different format,” said a senior IPL franchise official.
It could well be that a giant Indian squad can begin their training in earnest after IPL once they arrive in Australia.
The only interesting part could be what awaits Pujara and Vihari, whether they continue their individual networks in their respective cities or if BCCI organizes any special sessions for them.