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BCB’s ‘biosafety’ training for cricketers on cards

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
BCB’s ‘biosafety’ training for cricketers on cards

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is planning a comprehensive training programme with ‘biosafety’ facilities for its cricketers in order to bring them back to cricket after a long hiatus due to Covid-19 pandemic.

With the help of its medical team, the BCB is trying to make a new module for them in line with the International Cricket Council (ICC) guidelines and some cricketing countries including England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia.

Admitting the matter of preparing a discrete training module, BCB Chief Physician Debashis Chowdhury told The Independent that the medical team has been asked by the board to make a training schedule for the players.

Citing the modules of England, West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka, Chowdhury said they are trying to invent a new module blending with the guidelines of the ICC and some cricketing nations.

“There are different modules of training for the players. For example, Sri Lanka cricketers are following a fully-residential model only with bowlers while England are doing it in a discrete way and West Indies are implementing it in their own way,” Debashis Chowdhury said.

“If a player wants to be trained alone, he will then be given a certain time slot to run it on the main field, or use the indoor space. In the next slot, someone else will train. So there will be no interaction or contact with each other,” Chowdhury told this reporter.

Chowdhury said they will keep a number of supporting staff who will help the cricketers in their training session which will also be on limited scale.

“We’ll be limiting the number of supporting staff during the training, only a minimum number of people will be allowed in one session,” the chief physician said.

“If BCB wants to hold a residential training programme for the whole team, the medical team will then make a plan of creating a biosafety environment for the players,” he also said.

“If there is any fully-residential training programme ahead of any upcoming series or training camp, we have to put all the players, officials, supporting staff inside a bio-safety bubble so that nobody goes out, risking virus transmission,” he added.

However, BCB senior grounds manager Abdul Baten said they are going to start the process of disinfecting the areas which are susceptible to virus.

Informing about the preparations, Baten also said they are well-equipped with logistics and manpower to disinfect the training area after each session.

“After every session, all the areas must be disinfected. We will be cleaning up the dressing room, gym area, indoor nets and other facilities. When the training resumes, we will follow the ICC protocol,” Abdul Baten said.

The grounds manager said they are also working to prevent the threat of dengue.

“It’s the time for dengue fever. We’re cleaning up the whole area, not letting any water-clogging, using proper medicine sprayers so that the danger does not loom any longer,” he concluded.

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