Royals Challengers Bangalore are all set to hit the ground for training. The team will take to the field in the UAE on Thursday (tomorrow) in its quest for the maiden Indian Premier League title.
Mike Hesson and Simon Katich are all set to kick-off training and preparations for team Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the Indian Premier League Season 13. The team will train within the bio-secure environment from August 27 as the quarantine period in the UAE comes to an end.
The team is committed to a safe and healthy tournament and sets it as a top priority. Skipper Virat Kohli had earlier warned all the teams that how important it was to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
RCB director of cricket operations Mike Hesson has confirmed that as the players are coming together from the different environments with a different degree of fitness, there will be a separate training regime for each of the players.
“Players have spent the last few months in a variety of environments and are therefore in different stages of fitness and training, and hence a singular training approach is not the best route to start getting ready for the season. Our Support Staff team will continue working in a way that is flexible and offers personalised support. We have a highly-skilled Support Staff team to nurture the players mentally, physically and emotionally to assist each players preparation so they are ready to play their best cricket,” said Hesson
Head coach Simon Katich further elaborated on the training regime. “Given the unique circumstances, COVID- 19 has presented to everyone worldwide we are just extremely grateful to be in a position that we can get back to putting on a show for IPL in the UAE. Our preparations have revolved around giving the players at least 3 weeks to get back into the routine of training their skills and getting their bodies ready for the competition so they can build up gradually and try to minimise any injuries,” he said.
“We have several split- group sessions planned initially to help give the batsmen plenty of time getting volume in after such a long layoff. It also ties into helping mitigate any risks with COVID by not having the full squad training all at once either. Once everyone has got their touch and rhythm back with bat and ball, we will move into more competitive training before the scheduled practice matches and the start of the tournament.”
The team starts off a 3-week camp at the ICC Cricket Academy and will undergo strenuous training and practice to gradually build up into the demands of playing with the extreme heat in UAE.