Detailed info on BCCI to rest Indian players in IPL.
Soon after announcing India’s 15 man squad for the Australian series, spread over the T20 and ODI format, the BCCI once again reasserted that they’ll be looking at managing the workload of the players earmarked to make the trip to England. Once again voicing their view of asking the 8 franchises in the Indian Premier League to rest key players, the BCCI in a statement said that the body will be monitoring the number of matches each player plays in the prestigious tournament.
Last November, in a meeting convened by Committee of Administrators (CoA) members and attended by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Rahane and the chief selector, the Indian skipper had suggested that key pacers like Bumrah, Kumar, Shami and others in the fray for the World Cup should not play a big part in the IPL.
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The move is being mulled by the BCCI keeping in mind the recent injuries that have bludgeoned the Indian side. Virat Kohli has faced problems with his back, an issue that resurfaced in the test series against Australia while Bumrah and Shami have recently recuperated following massive exclusions owing to injuries to the pacers.
Among fast bowlers, Bumrah has had the biggest workload over the past year playing 10 test matches, 13 ODIs and eight T20s. Bhuvneshwar during the same period has featured in two test matches, 22 ODIs and 14 T20s, a hectic period that has seen him get the much-needed rest by being let out of the side against T20 series and first two ODIs against Australia.
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“See, this discussion did take place during the meeting between the players and the CoA and there was no conclusion because you have to understand that the teams are paying the players to play, not rest. Yes, if there is an injury concern, then it is fine for the board to intervene and ask them to keep the players away from games. But, to tell a franchise that do not play X because we have the World Cup coming up is unfair. Not just on the franchises, but also on the players,” a BCCI executive said on the issue earlier in the year.
BCCI to Rest Indian Players in IPL
While it is clearly apparent that the world cup is the larger issue at hand and all moves will be taken by the BCCI to ensure that players are kept as fresh as possible ahead of the showpiece event, no communication has been conveyed to the franchisees as of now.
“There were a lot of suggestions, with the players sharing their views, but no decision was taken on this. It will be taken at the appropriate time if needed,” a BCCI official said.
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“For someone of Virat’s stature, he can take a call himself and discuss with his franchise about his workload. However, for Bumrah, the Indian team’s support staff will need to prepare all the relevant data so that we can have a discussion with MI if the situation arises,” a BCCI official told PTI.
“Obviously, if he is fit, he will play all important matches for MI but in between, with such a hectic travel schedule during IPL, it will be great if he is rested keeping the World Cup in mind,” the official further added.
Franchisees unhappy with the BCCI’s move
Meanwhile, franchisees owners and managing committees of the 8 participating teams have not taken too happily to the decision by the BCCI with their perspective of missing out on key players for a majority of matches hindering their chances of a successful season. While MI will miss their mainstay Bumrah and Shami for a long period of the glistening league, a move that will be a huge blow to their pace department, other star performers missing will also leave a huge gaping hole in each side.
“We are not just losing the prospect of winning a match or two. The absence of the top stars will also hit the league’s commercial values and league sponsorships will suffer. The broadcaster will also take a hit. This is not going to happen,” said a franchise executive.
The IPL has already been languished by several international star performers deciding to give the tournament a skip owing to the world cup. English and Australian cricketers are the biggest non-showers at the event with only New Zealand and West Indies seeing their majority of players stay for the entirety of the IPL.