In one of the major developments last week, some reports- in the domain- have suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had been planning to organise a training camp for its centrally contracted players. However, a GCA official has now scrapped all these reports, by stating that there would be no training camp before IPL 2020 scheduled held in September – November 2020.
FYI, team India players have not played any cricket in last 4 – 5 months and they will need two or three weeks training before stepping onto the field. The reports had suggested that the newly renovated Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujaratwould be the venue for the training camp.
Now, on the condition of anonymity, the official has confirmed that there has been no official intimation from the BCCI so far and it is likely that the players will directlyleave for the IPL now. The official also said that there was no official intimation from (BCCI) as at this time players have started preparations for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League.
On the condition of anonymity, the GCA official told PTI, “There were media reports that camp will start from August 18 and go on till September 4 but we have no formal intimation from the BCCI till now.”
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Validating his assertions, another official also made a valid point by stating that a red ball training camp right does not make sense as the players will be playing an entirely different format in IPL.
“In any case, where is the logic of doing a red ball camp before IPL when they are playing a completely different format,” another senior IPL franchise official said.
After a long delay of more than five months, the 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to be played in United Arab Emirates in September –November this year. However, the BCCI is yet to get clearance from central government, as the international borders are still closed due to CoViD-19.