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Secretaries and cricket operations heads of various state units joined a webinar which was attended by Dravid, BCCI-NCA head of Education Sujith Somasundar (also a former India ODI opener) and trainer Ashish Kaushik. Also Read - Omicron Response: List of Countries That Have Put Travel Restrictions To African Nations

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“Rahul never said that it is a mandatory thing but his suggestion to states was that we should try and use former players in their area of expertise,” a secretary of one of the state units, who attended the webinar told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“If they can be integrated in the cricketing set-up, their experience and expertise will not go waste.”

Asked about other topics, the trio of Dravid, Kaushik, and Somasundar said that NCA planning a two-phased training resumption — virtual and physical.

“Virtual training will be the way forward,” they said.

“In current circumstances, it will be difficult that 25 or 30 players wil be training together. So state team’s trainers and physios will have to help players virtually and phase-wise a few can come and train physically,” he said.

Kaushik spoke about how there should be a balance between strength training and skills training.

“He spoke how strength training should be less when you are doing skills training and vice versa,” the official said.

Also, there was a suggestion that there should be an emphasis on the collection of “diverse data”.

“They suggested that state team physios should try and collate as much as diverse physical data with regards to a player so that it helps in future during rehabilitation programmes,” he said.

(With Agency Inputs)