At Present, when all the cricket is on halt, BCCI has chalked out a fitness plan to keep players healthy and fit during the lockdown. In recent times, team India has been riddled with a number of injuries to its key players like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and many others. So, to enhance their fitness, the Indian cricketers are being monitored on a daily basis on a app provided by the BCCI.
BCCI has also prepared a four-stage comprehensive plan to make sure every player remains physically and mentally fit during this period. “It’s a step-wise process that’s been put in place and the secretary (Jay Shah) is reviewing the progress on a daily basis.
“What we’ve tried to do is divide this process into different phases. Aspects pertaining to physical and mental health of our cricketers, professional assistance online, monitoring of diets, fitness sessions etc are being conducted on a daily basis,” BCCI treasurer told The Times of India.
The app has been made accessible to team India cricketers, coaches and support staff only. With the app team India’s regular coaches (batting, bowling, fielding) along with physiotherapist Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb are keeping an eye on the daily routine, skill-specific drills of the players.
Stage 1: Complete Lockdown: Through the aforementioned app, BCCI will keep monitoring the players and according to the facilities they have at their disposal, the support staff will guide them to do their drills along with questionnaire.
The app also contains a number of videos of training sessions with accessibility to chat rooms and questionnaire among others. India batting coach Vikram Rathour is the one, who is governing player specific –drills. On the other hand, fielding coach R Sridhar has prepared a questionnaire to take feedback from cricketers.
“There’s a daily interaction; in fact in some cases on an hourly basis to keep track of their daily regimen and the training sessions they’re undergoing at their homes. The batting and bowling coaches are having their own sessions with the team members. The head coach is overseeing this. That aside, the Team India coaches are holding sessions with the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) coaching staff and there’s an effort being made to bring around a sense of uniformity (in coaching) at all levels,” those in the know of specific developments said.
Stage 2: Partial Lockdown: “Once the partial lockdown comes into effect, obviously the programs will change. We will get the players out in the local stadiums and skill-wise programs will come into effect, depending on the go-ahead from state and central governments. The programs for skill-based training are already in place,” the source added.
Stage 3: The beginning of normal routine: The BCCI is making a blueprint of keep players safe after the lockdown ends. Also it won’t be easy for the players to take field directly so BCCI is looking to finalise a specific centre in a few weeks from now, to undergo skill-based training once normal life resumes and travelling from one city to another becomes possible.
Stage 4- Resumption of cricket: The mental and physical health of the players will be governed to make sure they are match ready.
Dumal said once the lockdown is eased, there are plans to take the training outdoors whenever possible. “When the situation permits, we will begin with skillbased training in local stadiums. We will keep reviewing the program dynamics subject to relaxation in lockdown norms so that when cricket resumes, they can return to the field,” he said.