With the country easing out the curfew, which was imposed to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has chose to start training with the fast bowlers in a bio-safe environment, once it gets a green light from the government. The high commission said priority will be given to compelling cases in distress including migrant workers who have been laid off, medical emergency, students and those suffering personal losses.
Even de Mel confirmed the development to this publication.
"Last Wednesday we had a quick meeting to talk about resuming cricket because we are starting to get out plans in place for June 1. Once we get the official go-ahead from the Ministry of Health, I will start putting meat into that structure with captains and support staff", Arthur told ESPNcricinfo. "The world as we know is going to change", he said.
BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the board is in conversation with the SLC and they will ask players for their readiness before the confirmation of the tour. "There won't be any batting sessions". If the Sri Lankan government indeed grants them permission, the fast bowlers in the island nation would be the first ones to resume training after the COVID-19 pandemic suspended all cricketing action in the country. "We are hoping that the curfew breaks next week and we can bring in our fast bowling group (for training)".
During the lockdown, Arthur had individual communication with the players. There's a great vibe around our training sessions, lot of laughter. I actually didn't put one on. "A lot of it has been done on one-on-one basis with our players", Arthur had said.
Sri Lanka have already had to postpone home series against England and South Africa because of the global health crisis. However, a lot would depend on how things pan out over the next few weeks.