Amid uncertainty over domestic season, Uttarakhand announces ‘Bio-Bubble’ camp starting Oct 14

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There are doubts whether domestic cricket can be kept in a strict biobubble given the costs involved.© AFP


Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) has decided to hold a one-month training camp for its senior men’s team in a bio-secure environment starting October 14. While the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has started physical training sessions at the Eden Gardens gymnasium in a staggered fashion, Uttarakhand is expected to be a real camp with full-fledged net sessions. CAU Secretary Mahim Verma told PTI that 29 players, including three recruits outside the station, will report to Abhimanyu Cricket Academy on Oct. 10. All players must carry a COVID-19 RTPCR negative test report and they will also be tested upon arrival.

It has also been heard that the CAU has received the necessary governmental permission to organize the camp. They will remain in isolation until a second COVID-19 test on Oct. 13, and upon return, another negative report may enter the camp’s biobubble. Also the coaching and other staff of the Academy are tested and no one is allowed to leave the facility.

The development comes amid uncertainty surrounding the start of the domestic season, which will be cut short by the pandemic. However, Verma said the BCCI could start the season as early as next month.

He also said the upper category district proceedings will begin from Oct. 16, followed by zonal proceedings from Oct. 22 in Dehradun and Kashipur, and the final trial will take place in the winter capital of the state.
CAU plans to hold the senior women’s camp for women at Kasiga School near Dehradun from October 21 after the court trials of October 16-20. That camp is also held in a bio bubble.

The BCCI is currently organizing the IPL in a strict biobubble in the UAE, but there are serious doubts whether domestic cricket can also be kept in a similar environment, given the significant costs involved.

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CAU has roped in former India opener Wasim Jaffer as head coach after a forgettable season last season. Jay Bista, Samad Fallah and Iqbal Abdulla are the team’s new outpost players.

Verma added that Jaffer, who currently sits with the Kings XI Punjab squad in the IPL as a batting coach, will monitor the team’s progress via video conference.

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