Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning to provide gym accessories to comparatively lesser fortunate cricketers so that they can keep themselves fit during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
BCB Chief Physician Debashish Chowdhury told media on Sunday that they have already sent a proposal to BCB to take the move so that cricketers can maintain their fitness.BCB have already prepared three different training modules for cricketers which are to be implemented when cricket resumes in the country. While the government has eased the lockdown from May 30, BCB is reluctant to end the cricketing shutdown as they think that the risk of the contagion still looms large.
In a latest move, BCB said that they are planning to resume training session some time during the latter part of July or the first week of September and BCB is now preparing a plan as per the guidelines by International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume outdoor practice.
In the recent past, it was often witnessed that many leading players were posting videos of their training session on social media platforms which they were conducting at their home using different gym accessories but that is not the case with all the cricketers.
Some of them were seen doing fitness training in the stairs and in open space as they don’t have sufficient equipment in their possession to use for fitness training.
“We are trying to see how they can train most effectively at home and while working on this aspect we are trying to make sure that we can help them by providing fitness equipment,” said Debashish. “Some of them have their personal gym while there are few who don’t have enough space at their own backyards to do fitness training,” he said. “We are trying to provide equipment for those who don’t have anything so that they can use it and do their fitness training at home. We are doing this so that they can maintain 80 percent of their optimum fitness level. To be honest, given the situation, they don’t have to be 100 percent fit now. We feel when they will do outdoor training, they will regain it (100 percent fitness) in three weeks,” he said.
Sources confirmed that the gym equipment will have to be returned to BCB in future.Cricket is slowly returning to the field with lots of precautionary measures and guidelines. After a five-month break, with the series between England and West Indies in July, the 22-yard sport will restart.
BCB has also undertaken a few initiatives to return cricket to the ground. As a first step, the whole compound of BCB office is being disinfected and now they have covered the entire infrastructure used by cricketers including Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, National Cricket Academy, Gymnasium and Indoor.
BCB stated that they have prepared eight grounds and players will be able to start practice but before that, cricketers may have to go through the COVID-19 test.