Ahead of a potential resumption of international cricket in the country, England players will be able to undertake individual training sessions from the next week.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that skill-based sessions can be held behind closed doors on different county grounds, adhering to distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bowlers will be the first to return, with a coach, physio and-where possible-a strength and conditioning coach in attendance on a staggered basis.
Both players and staff will have their temperatures checked prior to the training sessions, while dressing rooms and other facilities at the venues being used will be closed.
After a two-week period for the bowlers, batsmen and wicketkeepers will start their individual programmes as the ECB begins working towards playing fixtures during the English season.
“These are the first steps for players to return to training ahead of the international cricket that will possibly begin later this summer,” said Ashley Giles, England team managing director.
“Throughout this policy, the welfare of players, staff and our society is our first concern. We are committed to adhering to guidance on public health and government regulations aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.”To be clear, we will only practice and possibly play cricket behind closed doors if we feel it is completely secure and fully approved by the Government.
“We are in constant dialogue with players, coaches and counties to determine what is possible during this period and what facilities will be available to us.