Hong Kong's cricketers have started training following the easing of lockdown conditions.

The former British dependency, now under Chinese control, has emerged virtually unscathed from the ongoing pandemic, despite being one of the most densely populated places on the planet as Head Coach Trent Johnston told CricketEurope.

"There have been only four deaths, which of course is four too many, here in a population of 7.5 million. People learned the lessons of the Sars outbreak in 2003 and went quickly into lockdown.The schools closed too and have been for four or five months and the country has a culture of wearing masks so the virus was swiftly brought into control.

"The ex-pats who fled the country returned and that triggered a second wave, but thanks to the measures outlined and the testing regime it's been once again brought back to very, very low levels. It's probably one of the safest places in the world now.

However the country's lockdown measures have meant that Hong Kong's cricketers have been forced to train indoors when they started on June 1st as all the turf pitches belonging to the LCSD (Leisure, Cultural, Sports Department remain out of bounds.

"We have been four or five times a week on Zoom sessions doing Strength and Conditioning. It was a new experience for me especially during Ramadan which meant us doing sessions starting at 10pm until well after midnight. I was getting their times for the 2k and 5k running sessions after 2am due to them having to rest during the day and only able to eat when the sun went down."

Johnston's side were last in action in Thailand in March where they along with Singapore qualified for the next phase of the Asian T20 competition. With the players clearly rusty it's been a gentle reintroduction for them.

"We have started slowly getting the guys used to hitting and bowling balls again and we will step it up gradually over the coming weeks. Social distancing is very much still in evidence here and we are limited to only eight in a group.

"I've had to do a lot of thinking around the structures and programming so while it's been difficult and challenging, I've enjoyed it coming up with innovative solutions to not having turf facilities."

Just when they are back in competitive action remains unclear as they were due to travel to Uganda in August for ICC Challenge Group B. That along with other events remains up in the air but an ICC decision in the next week may prove some clarity for the teams.

"I can't see it going ahead to be honest. We would have to travel somewhere beforehand to play warm-up games and train and that's going to be two weeks at least which would take us to mid-July. Where could we go? That's a big question.

"I'd be more optimistic about the prospects of cricket in the final quarter of the year but like the rest of the world, it's a case of wait and see and see what develops. Hopefully we will be back on the park and playing as soon as possible."