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'I have been sending out exercises to each player' - Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur
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'I have been sending out exercises to each player' - Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur

Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur said his team is utilising the time away from cricket by indulging themselves in the customised home training regimes sent out by the management.

Arthur is known for prioritising high standards of fitness, a prominent aspect of his coaching stint with Pakistan.

As uncertainty encompasses the prospects of the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup later this year, the Sri Lankan players have been given tailor-made programmes to keep themselves fit.

"I have been sending out exercises to each player," the 51-year-old South African said.

The Sri Lankan team's mediocre performances in the recent past have been put down to poor fitness – a challenge that Arthur will have to tackle in order to revive the side's fortunes on the international level.

A Sri Lanka sports minister had in fact lambasted the team for lacking stamina following their defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe in 2017 and first-round exit from the subsequent Champions Trophy.

With a revamped coaching staff headed by Arthur, Sri Lanka now aim to make immense progress to nullify their shortcomings.

Arthur's tenure with the island nation thus far has yielded mixed results with a Test series loss to Pakistan and T20I series defeats to India and West Indies while triumphing in the Tests in Zimbabwe and sweeping the ODI leg of the Caribbean side's visit to Sri Lanka.

"We are using this time to reflect on the first three months of our tenure and recalibrate our individual and team plans going forward to the very important series that we have coming up later in the year," Arthur added in his interview with Sri Lanka Cricket's media.

"The players all have individual fitness plans to keep them up to speed with their levels of fitness.

"These plans are tailored to the facilities that each player has at his disposal at home to maintain the expected fitness levels."

Sri Lanka's nationwide lockdown came right after the cancellation of their two-Test series at home against England.

The tourists were busy participating in a four-day practice match in Colombo before withdrawing from the series owing to the COVID-19 crisis.