The MCA has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray & requested the government to issue necessary guidelines for resuming training after a three month lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the players like Shardul Thakur have started bowling trainin at his native place Palghar, Team India’s Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma has stared his gym routine under the training of Nick Webb. “As the governing body for cricket, we have followed all the directions/notifications of the government and we will continue to do so in the future,” MCA secretary Sanjay Naik and joint secretary Shahalam Shaikh appealed through a letter which is in possession of PTI.
“At the same time, we have to understand that there are thousands of players who are anxiously waiting to get back to cricketing activities and pursue their careers. They have been patiently waiting for this pandemic to get over. However, it seems that we have to learn to live with the virus,” the MCA further wrote.
Since its an uncertain situation, MCA has asked for guidelines from the state government for the start of phased training. “In these unprecedented times, we request you to kindly provide us some guidelines/standard operating procedures regarding getting back to cricket. We intend to keep all the players well informed so that they follow all the government guidelines,” the association wrote.
MCA is the governing body for cricket in Mumbai, Thane, Kharghar & Palghar districts. The MCA Office is located inside the premises of Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai & is hut since Mid of March just like the BCCI Office.
Mumbai is one of the most affected cities in the country due to the pandemic. According to BMC, Mumbai has recorded 1,365 new COVID-19 patients & 58 deaths which took the tally of coronavirus cases to 70,990 & death toll to 4,060.