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Coronavirus outbreak Sri Lanka could start training from June 1

20 May 2020 Coronavirus outbreak Sri Lanka could start training from June 1 Written by Parth Dhall ¢erdot Sports

Meanwhile, coach Arthur wasn't able to get back home amid the coronavirus crisis and made a decision to stay back in Colombo itself.

Sri Lankan government has chose to suspend proposal for a new worldwide cricket ground near Colombo following controversy surrounding it in wake of present COVID crisis. The first ODI match was played behind the close doors while the remaining matches were postponed.

"We are planning to start on June 1, with the bowlers. Once we get the official go-ahead from the Ministry of Health, I will start putting meat into that structure with captains and support staff", Arthur told ESPNcricinfo.

Mickey Arthur was appointed as Sri Lankan chief coach in December 2019:"It is looking good with the health ministry, but it will be a smaller group. We'll probably prioritise our fast bowlers because they are the ones who are going to need more time to get back into it", he added.

Then we got into the West Indies tour [at home] and bubbling away in the background was this chatter always about coronavirus."Then England arrived and I was actually at the ground and we were watching the practice match when I got the call from the CEO to head to Sri Lanka Cricket's headquarters. It's been mind-blowing", he said.

A news agency report says neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed the tours, which will have to involve substantial logistical challenges, including having player quarantine measures in place, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Basically a SWOT analysis of strengths and weaknesses.

While the players will stay at a star hotel in Colombo and use the gymnasium and the pool, they are likely to train at the SSC Cricket ground for the outdoor sessions. I felt the work ethic, preparation, had improved so much. "The guys are training and I have a lot of communication with them". It was a really, really nice place to be. The players will be trained in a biosecure environment.

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