Indian Cricket Team Training Camp Unlikely Before IPL 2020

BCCI Apex Council had zeroed in on Motera Stadium for the conditioning camp but Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is yet to get formal intimation.

Jessica David

July 31, 2020

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The top Indian cricketers are unlikely to have a national camp at Motera Stadium prior to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, taking into account their health and safety amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. There is a high possibility that all the nationally contracted cricketers, save Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari (who didn’t feature in IPL), will be joining their respective IPL teams’ training camp in Dubai for the start. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council had zeroed in on the state-of-the-art Motera Stadium for the conditioning camp.

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) is yet to receive any formal intimation from the BCCI. On conditions of anonymity, a GCA officer said, “There were media reports that camp will start from August 18 and go on till September 4 but we have no formal intimation from the BCCI till now.” It is learnt that there have been discussions on the issue that players travelling multi-city – from their homes to Ahmedabad and then Dubai – can expose themselves to more health risk in this present scenario and it’s only fitting that camp is put on hold for the time being.

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