Amid Coronavirus Pandemic when the whole world is observing lockdown, Sri Lankan cricketers are using this lockdown period to focus on their fitness. Sri Lankan head coach Mickey Arthur said that the Sri Lankan cricketers have been given tailor-made fitness programmes so that they can improve their fitness and make a powerful comeback, while they wait to get updates about the key tournaments which will go ahead this year.
Sri Lanka’s cricket team have received a customized home training regimes and plans during the Coronavirus Lockdown by Coach Mickey Arthur following the cases of poor witness. Arthur said that the players have been provided with tailor-made programmes so that they can keep up their fitness quotient while the players are awaiting to get update on key tournaments whether IPL and T20 World Cup will go ahead this year. “On regular basis I have been sending out exercises to each player so that player can maintain their fitness”, the South African coach said, adding that the fitness plan has been provided on the basis of strengths and weaknesses of each player.
Sri Lankan Sports Minister have received criticism on team’s fitness after they suffered humiliating loss in one day series against bottom ranked Zimbabwe in 2017 and an early exit from the Champions Trophy.
Dayasiri Jayasekra said that Sri Lankan players were “too fat and unfit to field five-day test matches which led the Sri- Lankan team to face defeat”.
Sri Lankan has since started working on their witness and Arthur said he was speaking with each player of the team to monitor their progress before the International matches get resumed.
“We are using this lockdown break to analyze our past lost matches and recalibrate our individual and team plans going forward to the very important series that are line up later in the year”, Arthur said to a leading media portal.
“The players have to follow individual fitness plans and speed up with their fitness levels”. Sri Lankan;s nationwide lockdown, has been further extended for four weeks which started when the national team has to begin the test match series against England at home but the tourists went back as the virus got worsened in Sri Lanka. The virus has claimed five lives and infected at least 176 people in Sri Lanka till date.