The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to stop their plans of organising the skill-based training camp for all the contracted players after Centre's lockdown got extended because of the global pandemic COVID-19. However, several relaxations outside containment zones announced that sports complexes and stadium will get permission to open, although there will be no spectators.
Meanwhile, all domestic and international air travel of passengers will be banned till the end of this month except for the domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes permitted by MHA as well.
"Taking into the account the restrictions on air travel and movement of people till May 31, the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players," a BCCI release stated.
It further added, "The Board reiterates that the safety and well-being of its athletes and support staff is paramount and will not rush into any decision that can hamper or jeopardize India’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus."
Notably, BCCI will decide a plan to begin the skill-based training programme soon at the local place with the help of the State Cricket Associations as well. However, BCCI shared that they wouldn’t host Indian Premier League this year, which, after the relaxation of the lockdown and permitting sports complexes and stadiums to open could host the tournament later this year, if the situation gets better anytime soon.
However, there is a possibility that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League could take place in October-November in the place of ICC T20 World Cup. The league which is scheduled to take place at that time in Australia is currently under a doubt amid the crunch time of global pandemic COVID-19 that has claimed several lives across the globe so far.