Kohli, Sharma could be stranded in Mumbai when India begins training, BCCI official warns
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma could face the issue of being left stranded in Mumbai once India's senior players resume training, an official has warned.
Mumbai has been the epicenter of India's coronavirus crisis as the megacity has recorded almost 1,000 deaths with barely any decrease in the rate of infections. Mumbai's alarming death toll accounts for more than a third of India's fatalities prompting strict measures on the movement of citizens by the authorities.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over the resumption of outdoor training for players as early as next week when the government's nationwide lockdown rules begin to ease. This leaves the likes of Kohli and Sharma in an unfavourable position.
"For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal was quoted as saying by AFP.
India has witnessed a two-month-old lockdown thus far but parts of the country are gradually rolling back certain measures to return to some normalcy.
Dhumal noted that skill-based training was on the agenda of the BCCI as the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore is working on a post-lockdown plan for players.
"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 said.
"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."
Elsewhere, England are planning on an individual-based training programme to help players prepare themselves for the international summer.
In addition to the high-profile Indian Premier League that has been postponed indefinitely, India's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in June is also expected to be delayed.