After India lifted almost all the lockdown restrictions, the coronavirus case number in the country is skyrocketing and seeing the present situation, former India captain and Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Rahul Dravid feels the country in not in a state to resume cricket due to the wide threat.
India is the fourth worst-affected nation by the deadly virus in the world and has recorded 410,461 cases and 13,254 deaths as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as of Sunday morning.
“I don’t think we are in a position to resume. It is better to be patient and wait,” Dravid was quoted as saying by the magazine, The Week.
“We have to take it month by month. One has to look at all options. If the domestic season, which usually starts by August-September, starts in October one has to see whether the season should be shortened.
Dravid said that if NCA opens up for training then it will be first made available to the local cricketers.
“The NCA will possibly open initially for some local cricketers,” Dravid said.
“Those arriving from other places will have to first quarantine themselves for 14 days. Whether that is possible, we have to see.
“Everything is uncertain right now. How much cricket will be played and what it will take to be able to play depends on the guidelines from the government and medical experts. For us at NCA, the busiest time is from April to June. We normally have our zonal, U-16, U-19, U-23 camps happening at this time. [But] we had to keep redrawing plans. I just hope we don’t lose a lot of our cricket season, and that we can get some cricket this year.”
International cricket is set to resume with the West Indies tour of England which begins from July 8 in Southampton,. The tourists have already reached the UK and undergoing the quarantine as per the protocols. The 3-match Test series between the two sides will be played in bio-secure environments.
Talking about other countries, Pakistan cricket squad will leave for England on June 28 to play three Tests and three T20Is.
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is also considering to host a T20 tournament, Lankan Premier League, in August, despite uncertainty looking over the home series against India and Bangladesh due to the COVID-19 pandemic.