Express News Service
KOCHI: Former Indian international Tinu Yohannan, who is the head coach of the Kerala cricket team, is for most cricketers from the state like a father or a big brother. At the moment, the former pacemaker faces a difficult challenge in not keeping the morale of the players with the next domestic season clear, especially the Ranji Trophy, which is the bread and butter for most local cricketers.
“As for the upcoming local season, we really do not know what lies ahead. I do not know if the BCCI had any discussion about the upcoming season. We do not know when or where it will be held, but told the players to to be ready, ‘he said.
The Ranji trophy was scrapped last season due to the pandemic and the 42-year-old felt it put a lot of strain on many players.
“If we put aside the players who work at IPL franchises, those who rely only on the income from first-class cricket have felt the financial pressure. They are dependent on it and players can struggle financially,” he said, hoping has that the BCCI will do the necessary. to take care of the players.
Kerala is still under lockout after the state government continued to extend the closure due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Currently it is until June 9, but Tinu wonders if the exclusion will be lifted thereafter or further extended.
“The government must first allow sports activities. Then we can have a camp, but we do not know when it will happen. At the moment, we have instructed them to try to practice them at home in any way. seniors can take care of themselves and we focus especially on the young people, ‘he said.
While people like Sanju Samson, Sachin Baby, Robin Uthappa and Basil Thampi would leave for the rest of the IPL to UAE, other players from the state in the senior team will be largely confined to their homes.
And Tinu wants to keep them busy in the best possible way. “We connect with them via digital platforms and release programs for one or two weeks based on exclusion. Things like assessment and goal setting are done to make the best of the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also hopes that all the players can be vaccinated soon. “We have registered and are looking for available slots. Let’s see how it goes,” Yohannan said.