BCB prepares for contactless training

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:14, Jun 02,2020

 
 

A file photo from January 22, 2020 shows Bangladesh national cricket team players flex their muscles during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. — BCB photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board was chalking up plans for contactless training for the cricketers and was also preparing the training facilities to create a bio-safe environment for the players.

After the end of the government imposed countrywide general holiday on May 30, BCB had the chance to allow cricketers return to training, but they refused to end the cricketing shutdown, citing the risk to be too high.

The International Cricket Council had already given a set of guidelines on how cricketers should resume outdoor practice and the BCB was now trying to prepare a plan as per those guidelines.

BCB’s chief physician Debashis Roy told New Age on Tuesday that the medical team was asked to devise few training plans while senior grounds manager Abdul Baten informed that process of disinfecting the concerned areas will begin today.

Debashis said that the medical team was preparing a few training modules according to ICC prescribed guidelines and the BCB high ups will deliberate and finalise one of the modules in an upcoming board meeting.

‘There are different modules of training, Sri Lanka is doing the full residential model only with bowlers while England is doing it another way,’ said the BCB doctor.

‘If a player wants to train alone, then he will be given a certain time slot to run on the main field, or use the indoor. In next slot someone else will train, so there will be no interaction or contact,’ he added.

The number of support staff helping the players in their training will also be much lower than past times, Debashis informed.

‘We will be limiting the number of support staff during the training, only minimum number of people will be allowed in one session,’ he said.

The medical team was also making plans of creating a ‘bio-safety bubble’ for the players if the BCB wanted to hold a residential training programme for the entire team to prepare for a series.

‘If there is any full residential training programme ahead for any upcoming series or training camp, we have to put all the players, officials, supporting staff inside a bio-safety bubble so that nobody goes out and create a risk of virus transmission.’

Grounds manager Syed Abdul Baten said that they have enough logistical and man power to disinfect the training area after each session.

‘After every session, all the areas must be disinfected. We will be cleaning up the dressing room, gym area, indoor nets and other facilities. When the training resumes, we will follow the ICC protocol.’

Baten added that they were also working to tackle the threat of dengue.

‘It’s the time for dengue fever also. We are cleaning up the whole area, not letting any water clogging, using proper medicine sprayers so that the danger does not enhance.’

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