In the wake of managing the workload of a few targeted players, who are set to play in the ODI World Cup, later this year, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India is planning to hold a meeting with the IPL franchise before IPL 2023. BCCI at its review meeting made it clear that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ‘will work in tandem’ with the IPL franchises to monitor the selected Indian players participating in the IPL 2023.
The Telegraph has reported that the BCCI is set to brief IPL franchises on how the NCA wishes to keep a tab on the player’s fitness. However, IPL franchises are still unclear about the instructions set to come from the apex cricketing body and how the pool of 20 players chosen for the quadrennial showpiece event will be monitored.
Speaking of players, Jasprit Bumrah’s recovery has far-stretched now and reports have confirmed that BCCI and the team management want the speedster for the ICC tournament due to which NCA will be keeping a close eye on Bumrah’s workload during IPL 2023. Meanwhile, franchises are not on the same page as the Indian cricket board, saying they can't be directed on how to use their players.
“The BCCI cannot dictate such terms to IPL franchises and ask to rest a player unless he is unfit. After all, the players have a contract with the franchises. The franchises also hire physios and masseurs who have worked with national teams earlier and so there is nothing to panic for the BCCI,” a franchise official told The Telegraph.
IPL franchises have reportedly refused to divulge certain data with the NCA on workload management though they have shared medical reports. Whereas England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia keep a close eye on their player’s workload during IPL and franchises adhere to sharing the data with the two boards since it is part of the players’ No Objection Certificate.
This particular clause limits players from England and Australia to bowl a certain number of balls at nets and in a match. Any fitness-related issue needs to be directly reported to the Board concerned.