Left at home alone, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the South African players are revisiting their fitness programs. Only the extremely essential workers are to report from work. The rest of them are not allowed to leave their homes, unless they require urgent critical care, have to collect social grants or buy food. Even then, as people queued too closely together, the police fired potentially lethal rubber pellets.
Outdoor exercising and fitness routines are not permitted. The nets outside seemed desolate and windblown while the ones inside were silent and sterile. The gyms are vacant as well. Luckily, the virus in SA has struck at the end of the season and action won’t begin until June. At the time, the South Africans will play 6 white-ball games against Sri Lanka. But now, if all they’ve done for several weeks is to sit on the couch, then it is obvious that the players will not be able to give their best. Therefore, they should take care of their fitness levels at home, itself.
All else might seem pretty straight but training became a big challenge. Tumi Masekela, the strength and training coach for the men’s team stated that during normal training sessions, the players are continuously assessed, and programs are adjusted where required. Now, with everything happening online or on the telephone, it can be difficult to evaluate their progress. Specialized programs are being developed to ensure that the cricketers’ fitness is maintained.
If they are not extended, the restrictions should be lifted on April 16th. For those who are crazy about fitness can use this downtime to channelize their energies in the right direction.
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