After a three hour coach drive to London Gatwick and a 12-hour flight to Colombo, via The Maldives, Yorkshire’s entourage have arrived at their base on the edge of the Indian Ocean.
The playing squad arrived at their plush surroundings in one the city’s best hotels and were greeted in the lobby by Moin Ashraf and Liam Plunkett. Ashraf had arrived the day before after a successful off-season in Adelaide and paceman Plunkett stayed in Sri Lanka after his exploits with the England Lions tour, which ended a week ago.
To keep his fitness levels up, Liam has been giving former Yorkshire second team coach Paul Farbrace, now the coach of Sri Lanka, a helping hand as a net bowler as Sri Lanka prepare for the T20 World Cup coming up in Bangladesh later this month. (We’ll be catching up with Farby later this week).
With Sri Lanka five and a half hours in front of the UK, the players will spend the rest of today completing a recovery session in the hotel pool, under the watchful eyes of Strength and Conditioning Coach Ian Fisher and Physiotherapist Kunwar Bansil.
“It is important that we recover well from the long journey,” said Fisher.
“We have been on the road for nearly 20 hours and the players will be feeling a little weary. The pool session will get them refreshed and get the journey out of their legs.
“The hard yards start tomorrow and we will be ensuring the players get as much practice as they need, both in the nets, on the field and in the gym.”
On Friday, the cricket practice will start with net sessions and fielding drills taking place at Sri Lanka’s prominent Test venue, the 35,000 capacity Premadasa Stadium. This will get the players fully acclimatised to the conditions – with temperatures set to rise to 37C around the middle of the day.
After two days practice, the players will play an internal two-day game commencing on Sunday.
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