Sri Lanka players to start training from 1st June

2020-05-20 at 19:02

Sri Lanka players are likely to start training from June 1 subject to clearance from the government.

The fast bowlers will be the first set of players to return to training once cricket resumes with plans also to train in a biosafe environment taking shape.

Head coach Mickey Arthur, said the plan was part of the discussions he had last week with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga during a face-to-face meeting which was also attended by the top brass of Sri Lanka Cricket and Grant Flower, the assistant coach.

Also present at the meeting were SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva and chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel along with SLC’s medical expert.

ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying that last week he had a meeting to talk about resuming cricket and to get out plans in place for June 1.

Arthur has said, “Once we get the official go-ahead from the Ministry of health, I will start putting meat into that structure with the captains and my support staff.

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.”

Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to be affected by the pandemic when England cancelled their tour six days before the two-Test series was scheduled to begin from March 19.