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Lankan players not to use face masks and gloves during training sessions


Sri Lanka’s 24 players, who are commencing their outdoor training in Kandy from Tuesday will not use face masks or disposable gloves during their ground sessions, according to Dr. Daminda Attanayake, the ICC’s representative as Sri Lanka’s sports medicine doctor.

Sri Lankan players not to use face masks and gloves during training sessions

Speaking exclusively over telephone before heading to Colombo on Monday morning, she said,

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“Masks could affect their oxygen intake leading to hypoxia. Therefore, it is not recommended to use masks.”

Incidentally, the players will not use disposable gloves during their training either.

Though, it may be noted here that England Test captain Joe Root was seen practicing wearing disposable gloves at Trent Bridge as part of England’s return to training protocols.

“No, our players’ won’t use it. Sri Lanka has no community spread as for now, hence it is not included in health guidelines from public health authorities,” she added.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also issued guidelines for the batters and the same vary from country to country and as Sri Lanka has less cases of spread of coronavirus, the batting practice has been allowed.

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