The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) convened the much-awaited performance review meeting of the Indian cricket team on Sunday (1 January). The top officials including India Head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharam attended the meeting in Mumbai. Along with reviewing India’s performance in 2022, the Indian cricket board also decided on the roadmap for World Test Championship Final and ODI World Cup 2023.
BCCI took a few stern decisions as well. The apex cricketing body looked quite concerned about the frequent injuries to its players and thus made a few necessary amends. While BCCI has brought back Yo-Yo Test and DEXA scan Tests, it has been said that the National Cricket Academy will work with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees to manage the workload of the players.
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Meanwhile, reports have also claimed that the top cricketing body might ask franchisees to rotate or rest World Cup-bound players who are prone to injuries. Now, one of the franchise officials has reacted to this diktat from the Indian cricket board. The official has said that while they have received no official communication regarding resting the players, they are okay with the decision. However, the official did accept that it will be a hassle.
“It is a hassle and it is not at the same time. Players make IPL the best and not franchises. So, it’s important to take care of them. No one would want another Deepak Chahar or Shreyas Iyer to miss the entire IPL. They are important for the IPL brand. But, at the same time, we will have to carefully manage their workload so that they don’t suffer injuries. That may involve resting them or utilizing them carefully to manage workload,” a franchise official was quoted saying by InsideSport.
“We have not received any diktat or advisory as such from the BCCI. We were told during the franchise meet to keep a tab on the players’ fitness during IPL. That we always do. What we understand from this is that all fitness status will now be sent to the BCCI medical team and the NCA. We will get more clarity when we receive the official info from the board,” the official added.
Notably, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya are the prime concerns for BCCI as these players have struggled to keep up with the workload as of late. While Bumrah and Jadeja have been out of action for months now, Hardik Pandya is yet to play in a full-fledged ODI series.