India likely to start training without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma


Indian skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma could be left stranded in Mumbai when players start training again, an official has warned.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could allow players to train outdoor from next week as the Indian government has announced to further ease coronavirus lockdown.

But Kohli and Sharma are based in Mumbai where it is expected that the tough restrictions will be maintained as it is one of the most affected cities by the pandemic.

“For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay,” BCCI official told AFP.

He also said that after the ease of lockdown, “some skill-based training” outdoors could be possible in other parts of India.

“As of now, we are working, given the lockdown restrictions, through apps and online modes. The coaches and support staff are regularly in touch with the players,” he added.

“Everybody would be keen to hit the ground and the idea is whenever we are ready for cricket to resume, they (the players) are able to give their 100 percent,” he maintained.

India called off their ODI series against South Africa in March. Later the Indian Premier League (IPL) was also called off twice. India have a short tour of Sri Lanka scheduled for June but it is widely expected to be called off.

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