With international cricket slowly returning to old ways, the Cricket boards have started to organise cultural and training camp for the international players. While some countries like England, West Indies, Pakistan have already started playing cricket, teams South Africa, New Zealand, Australia are working on training camps to get players back in groove after a six months long delay.
The training camps are being organised in bio-secure environment with all players and staff getting medical clearance before entering the bio-bubble. On Thursday, two South African cricket players tested positive for COVID-19 after they gave samples beforea specially-arranged culture camp by Cricket South Africa.
Both the players – name did not disclose by CSA- have been asked to stay in isolation as per protocols and subsequently missed the cultural camp held from 18th August to 22 August. The board, though, permit them to participate virtually in the camp that featured 32 players.
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“The testing is in line with fulfilling the organisation’s obligation and commitment to control the spread of the virus. There were no replacements made for the two players who tested positive. All those unable to attend the camp will join the proceedings virtually,” stated the CSA in a press release.
Amid all the administrative and #Blacklivesmatter hara-kiri in CSA, the idea behind cultural camp was to get the focus back on the team’s “identity, environment and performance goals”. The camp was also organised to address the resurfacing problem of increasing racial polarisation in South African cricket.
In last couple of months, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has gained a big support all across the world. Several former and current cricketers opened up on the discrimination they faced or face during their cricket careers.
In CSA, the movement came to the for when fast bowler Lungi Ngidi voiced the BLM movement and revealed the backlash, he received from ex-South African cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar. He was soon joined in by many former and current cricketers like Makhaya Ntini and Ashwell Prince to strengthen his voice for the movement.