Training & improving fitness imperative-Dimuth 

2020-06-01 at 18:15

The Sri Lanka national men’s players returned to training today while adhering to health regulations issued by the government in view of the coronavirus.

Sri Lanka Cricket said a selected squad of 13 members will undergo a 12 day ‘Residential Training Camp’ at the CCC, Colombo, while they will stay as a group in a hotel during the entirety of the camp.

SLC said the players taking part in the camp represents a general squad chosen from across all formats, and primarily consist of bowlers, as they need more time for ‘conditioning’ before going into active competition.

The coaching and support staff consist of a four-member unit.

Sri Lanka Test and One-Day International skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said training and improving fitness was imperative.

Sri Lanka Cricket noted the 12 day ‘Residential Training Camp’ was implemented, taking into consideration the health regulations imposed by the Government, which specifies cricket as a ‘High Risk’ sport and needs residential training.

SLC said it has taken all required measures in consultation with the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety of every individual involved in this exercise, and has formulated a set of procedures to adhere, during the camp period and before.

Accordingly, all vehicles involved in the program will be disinfected before commencing the ‘Residential Camp’ and also during the camp period.

SLC added health officials had visited the hotel and the practice venue, and provided health guidelines to the staff members of the respective venues to follow, during the camp period, while members taking part in the camp, will not be allowed to leave the hotel premises or the practice venue to attend personal matters during the training period.

Sri Lanka Cricket noted that the squad will conduct in-house fitness training at the hotel today, while ground training will commence tomorrow.