The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday said they are waiting for more clarity from the BCCI on opening the Eden Gardens for training after the central government gave a go-ahead for the resumption of sporting activities across the country in its fresh guidelines for the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown. Also Read - Mohammed Shami Distributes Food Packets And Masks, Making Efforts to Arrange Flights For Stranded Migrants
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“With regard to training of players, it has been stated by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) that it would study guidelines at the state level and will work in sync with state cricket associations to chalk out a programme for skill-based training at a local level. Also Read - BCCI Nominates Rohit Sharma For Khel Ratna; Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepti Sharma For Arjuna Award
“Therefore, CAB would wait for such guidelines before taking a further decision in the matter,” the CAB said after a meeting of its office bearers via video conference.
The Eden Gardens, where the CAB office is situated, is shut since the first phase of the nationwide lockdown that began on March 25 to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the Association would like to ensure safety of our players as well as our staffs, there would be a medical committee meeting via video conference on Thursday to discuss and frame the protocols, parameters including guidelines to be adopted to maintain safety and hygiene in the office,” it said.
“Thereafter, once the systems are in place as per suggestions provided by the top doctors in the panel, the decision for reopening of association office would be considered.”
The CAB further decided to clear up the dues of its scorers, umpires and observers.
The CAB would also release due payments to the clubs, which in turn, would assist them to make payments to various stakeholders, like their groundsmen as well as players and coaches associated with the units.
(With agency inputs)