02 Aug 2020: Rahul Dravid highlights impact of COVID-19 on Indian cricket
Dravid, who is also the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA), said India's domestic cricket could face the wrath of COVID-19 pandemic this year.
Notably, all the cricket activities have been suspended in the nation since March due to same.
Here is more.
Fact: Domestic cricket will be impacted: Dravid
"If we aren't able to get back to a level of normalcy, we'll see the real impact on our domestic cricket and grassroots cricket. This year is probably more important for someone in his final year of Under-19s," Dravid told the Deccan Herald.
Competitive cricket: India haven't played international cricket since February
Team India hasn't played international cricket since February, when they lost 0-3 to New Zealand (ODIs).
A number of bilateral series were canceled later on, including the ones against South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, the BCCI also planned to call-off a number of domestic tournaments as well.
These tournaments include Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and CK Nayudu U-23 Trophy.
Fact: Indian cricketers set to return in IPL
The Indian cricketers are all set to make a return to competitive cricket when the Indian Premier League gets underway in September this year. Following the completion of IPL, India are expected to tour Down Under for a four-match Test series.
Pandemic: The pandemic will hit more after October, feels Dravid
Dravid asserted the pandemic could dent the plight of Indian cricket later this year.
"A few international tournaments have been canceled, people can always find time for that, but once October comes around, that's when I think it'll start hitting more. The next domestic season, for a lot of our young domestic players juniors, Under-16s, Under-19s, and women cricketers start in October." Dravid added.
Training: Indian players unlikely to have training camp ahead of IPL
Previously, the BCCI Apex Council hinted at the possibility of conducting a training camp at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
However, it has been learned the national camp is unlikely to be held, owing to safety concerns.
The centrally contracted cricketers will now be joining their respective IPL franchises in Dubai as the tournament is set to be held in the UAE.