Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have released the statement after guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs.
In the recent guidelines, the government relaxed the restriction and allowed the opening of the stadium in the lockdown 4.0. MHA press release said, “Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.”
BCCI has welcomed the move by the government but thinks that it will be premature to take any decision in a rush as the safety of players is important.
BCCI press release said, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken note of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday for containment of COVID-19 across the country.”
“The Board reiterates that the safety and well-being of its athletes and support staff is paramount and will not rush into any decision that can hamper or jeopardize India’s efforts in containing the spread of the virus,” the statement stated.
BCCI will also wait till May 31, before organising the skill-based training for the contracted players due to restrictions on air travel.
“Taking into the account the restrictions on air travel and movement of people till May 31, the BCCI will wait further before organizing a skill-based training camp for its contracted players,” the statement further added.
“In the meantime, the BCCI will study guidelines at the state level and will work in sync with State Cricket Associations to chalk out a programme for skill-based training at a local level. The BCCI Office-Bearers will continue their interactions with the team management and draw up a suitable plan for the entire team once the situation further improves,” Arun Dhumal said in the BCCI official statement.