London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is all set to allow players for training as the United Kingdom government issues return-to-training guidelines.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has set guidelines to let athletes return to training before the professional sports resume in the country from July 8, the preferred start date of the international season.
Following the government’s decision, ECB is likely to plan the training schedule of players on Thursday. All players will have an option to pull-out from individual return-to-training during prevailing COVID-19.
As per the government’s return-to-training guidelines, in the first phase players will be allowed training individually will all safety measures. One player, one coach, and one medic will be allowed training at a time.
In the second phase, a small group of athletes will be allowed to go out and train but with all safety measures. However, no specific date has been revealed when this step will come into effect.
It must be noted here that ECB is planning to resume professional cricket by July 8.