BCCI working on isolation center for players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is working on an ‘isolation’ camp for its players to get things underway for the return of regular cricket as well as to ensure the safety of the players.
Currently the board is looking for a place that could be outside the defined containment zones to have its senior players, team management and other staff to get started with the training after a gap of over two months for safety purposes.
The National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru has all the facilities for training, but there are still cases of COVID-19 coming up in the city continuously, so there is high risk of contamination. The board is planning to have a set of players, coaching staff and people, including catering, security and housekeeping in a quarantined healthy environment.
“The safety of the players is the board’s priority. We will have to work on the logistics and see if Bengaluru is safe enough. If things don’t look absolutely fine, then we will look for areas in the country which fall outside the containment zones. The camp will be sanitized. And there is also an option of opening up local stadiums to senior players,”
a BCCI official said.
“The players, team management and the cricket operations team are constantly in touch to deal with every issue,” the official added.
It’s certain that everyone who would be picked for the camp from players to general staff, will have to clear health prerequisites and will not move out of the camp by any means. Although The players are mentally ready to be in isolation center. It might take more than a month and will depend on the relaxations of isolation after the lockdown is over.
“There are a lot of logistical issues. BCCI needs government directions and will adhere to it. The flight schedule and freedom of movement will have to be taken into account. The medical team is also in the loop,” the official said.