New Zealand’s top cricketers have started their training on Monday at the High-performance Center in Lincoln after a long break due to coronavirus pandemic.
In an official statement issued on Monday, New Zealand Cricket announced that six national camps will be conducted till September. Cricket activities in New Zealand came to a halt in late March due to the Pandemic. “New Zealand’s top male and female cricketers will return to squad training at the NZC High-Performance center in Lincoln this week, in the first of six national camps scheduled for the coming winter months,” read the release from NZC.
“The South Island and Wellington-based BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS will train at the Canterbury hub this week, while a larger second camp for players further North will commence at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui from July 19,” it added.
The male players who started training on Monday were Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry & Daryl Mitchell. Captain Kane Williamson will be part of the batch who will start training from next week in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand’s women’s team posted pictures of the players training in Lincoln on their official twitter handle whereas the men’s team players started training in the second half of the day.
“It’s nice to be back. The banter (with teammates) is always good fun,” said vice-captain and all-rounder Amy Satterthwaite after the women’s team’s training session.
New Zealand is one of the most least affected countries by the pandemic managing to keep the case count to a little over 1500 including more than 1400 recoveries. The number of COVID-19 cases in New Zealand stands at just 22 currently & it has lifted most of the restrictions which were put in place when the Pandemic first broke out.
International Cricket has resumed with ongoing England vs West Indies Test series started from July 8 in Southampton. Australian Cricketers have begun their training. New Zealand’s first camp in Lincoln will get over on July 16, followed by the training camps in August from 10 to 13 & September whose dates are not decided yet.