Rahul Dravid: ‘Don’t think we are in a position to resume cricket in India’


Rahul Dravid, the previous India captain and present head of cricket on the Nationwide Cricket Academy, has referred to as for a wait-and-watch strategy earlier than the resumption of cricket within the nation, within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dravid additionally prompt that the Indian home season may very well be trimmed if it would not begin on time.

“I do not suppose we’re able to renew…. It’s higher to be affected person and wait,” Dravid informed The Week, an Indian journal. “Now we have to take it month by month. One has to take a look at all choices. If the home season, which often begins by August-September, begins in October… one has to see whether or not the season needs to be shortened.

“Every little thing is unsure proper now. How a lot cricket shall be performed and what it’s going to take to have the ability to play will depend on the rules from the federal government and medical specialists. For us at NCA, the busiest time is from April to June. We usually have our zonal, U-16, U-19, U-23 camps taking place presently. [But] we needed to preserve redrawing plans. I simply hope we do not lose quite a lot of our cricket season, and that we are able to get some cricket this 12 months.”

Looking forward to a potential resumption, Dravid stated that the NCA, situated in Bengaluru, will first be aiming at coaching native cricketers. Last month, the Indian authorities had relaxed restrictions on sporting occasions, permitting them to renew behind closed doorways, however there are nonetheless journey restrictions in place and plenty of areas within the nation are nonetheless beneath lockdown.

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“The NCA will probably open initially for some native cricketers,” Dravid stated. “These arriving from different locations must first quarantine themselves for 14 days. Whether or not that’s potential, we’ve to see.

“For home cricket, thankfully, we had been in a position to full most of our competitions earlier than the lockdown. Now we have to see whether or not gamers are comfy with inter-state journey. Our coaching programmes will rely on which home match shall be performed first. Whether it is T20, then we’ll begin the programme accordingly.”

The England-West Indies Take a look at sequence within the UK, which begins with the primary Take a look at from July eight in Southampton, will mark the resumption of worldwide cricket following the coronavirus outbreak. The three-Take a look at sequence shall be performed in bio-secure environments, however Dravid reckoned that it may not be as “simple” to create comparable environments at home stage in India. Final month, Dravid additionally stated that enjoying in a bio-secure bubble will not always be a viable solution within the Covid-19 period.

“In worldwide cricket, it’s potential,” Dravid stated of bio-secure environments. “I imagine the England-West Indies sequence shall be a lesson for all. It has its personal challenges. It’s not as simple on the home stage.”

Dravid stated that age-group camps is perhaps held if the Covid-19 scenario eases, however careworn that security was high precedence.

“The most effective-case state of affairs is that we can maintain some camps as soon as cricket exercise is allowed,” he stated. “The worst-case state of affairs is the season is completely washed out [for age-group cricket]. Lacking a couple of months of cricket is nothing in contrast with making certain we’re protected.”

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