'Listen to health professionals but try to stay fit' - Ambrose offers advice to players sidelined by COVID-19 epidemic

By Sports Desk April 09, 2020
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West Indies bowling legend Curtly Ambrose has advised young players to heed the warning of public health officials but at the same time try to find ways and means to stay in some sort of shape.

The novel coronavirus epidemic has wreaked havoc across the globe, as health officials battle to contain the deadly pandemic.  With many countries opting for social distancing and enforcing curfews, professional sporting activity has numbered among the things postponed.

The former West Indies fast bowler, however, cautioned young players to stay on their toes, as much as possible, with an eye turned toward life after the end of the epidemic.

“What I would say to the younger cricketers is that even though we are practicing social distancing and all that stuff, find a way to do a little training so you can improve on your skills. You could have two or three guys with you or maybe a bowling machine or whatever the case might be but rather than sit around for months —  because we don’t know how long this is going to last — and then all of a sudden you are trying to get back in shape. So, you should find a way to maintain your fitness, find a way to keep working on your skills so that whenever this thing is over, you won’t have to start from scratch,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer.

“It’s quite simple, just keep listening to the health people because they are in that for a reason, they know what’s best for us. Listen to them, follow the protocols, wear your face masks, wash your hands but just listen to the health people, to the experts and do what they say to do, keep isolating yourself and this thing will soon pass,” he added.

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