Rahul Dravid, the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), has dismissed the idea that there could be cricket happening in tbe country soon. He called for a wait-and-watch approach as India recover from the Covid-19 pandemic casualties which are still on the upswing. The veteran batsman and former skipper also felt that the domestic season could be cut short.

“I don’t think we are in a position to resume cricket. It is better to be patient and wait,” Dravid told The Week, an Indian magazine. “We have to take it month by month. One has to look at all options. If the domestic season, which usually starts by August-September, starts in October, one has to see whether the season should be shortened.

“Everything is uncertain right now. How much cricket will be played and what it will take to be able to play depends on the guidelines from the government and medical experts. For us at NCA, the busiest time is from April to June. We normally have our zonal, U-16, U-19, U-23 camps happening at this time. [But] we had to keep redrawing plans. I just hope we don’t lose a lot of our cricket season, and that we can get some cricket this year.”

Dravid stated that the NCA will be tasked with training local players from Bengaluru first.

“The NCA will possibly open initially for some local cricketers,” Dravid said. “Those arriving from other places will have to first quarantine themselves for 14 days. Whether that is possible, we have to see.

“For domestic cricket, fortunately, we were able to complete most of our competitions before the lockdown. We have to see whether players are comfortable with inter-state travel. Our training programmes will depend on which domestic tournament will be played first. If it is T20, then we will start the programme accordingly.”


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