The Board of Control for Cricket in India has further demanded that Indian bowlers focus on managing their workload during the ongoing IPL 2023. Reports say that the bowlers have been given specific targets on the number of balls they will be bowling during the IPL.
The Board has particularly asked its bowlers to reduce their workload during the second half of the league. BCCI wants them to bowl about four overs a day during or in the build-up to a match. Ahead of the IPL, Indian bowlers were given a target to bowl 200 deliveries a week and report their progress to the concerned authorities.
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The steps towards workload management have been taken in preparation for the upcoming World Test Championship which is set to start immediately after the IPL, from June 7 at the Oval in London. As reported by Cricbuzz, this advice for reducing workload has been aimed at the fast bowlers but the spinners are also asked to take these steps.
Speaking about reducing workload, Mohammed Shami expressed that he is aware of the expectations regarding his fitness from the team and hence understands the reasons behind taking these necessary steps. While speaking in the post-match press conference after the first India v Australia ODI, he said"There's still time for the WTC Final and the World Cup and as a player, it is not possible to think that long-term.
“You don't know what will happen tomorrow. You need to be smart in terms of managing your workload. When you play international cricket, you know how much you need to work on. You understand your body well and that's why you should not think long-term and take it series by series. I know my body well and can handle the workload, so I am taking it match by match," he further added.