- The BCCI will create a database for players’ workload and injury management to keep them fresh for big assignments
- With big tours of England and Australia coming up, BCCI will need at least 7-8 fit fast bowlers, who could be rotated
- The BCCI is all set to monitor the workload of top 50 players, starting with the IPL 2018
With the start of IPL 2018 just a few days away, BCCI has decided that in order to keep the Indian team competitive over the next one year till the 2019 World Cup, they will keep a database of the workload of the top 50 cricketers in India. Starting with IPL 2018, BCCI will keep an eye on the 27 centrally contracted players along 23 new players who will be added to the list. Over the past couple of years, BCCI has managed to build a quality group of players who can be rotated around in order to keep the best 11 fit for all the important international assignments in the future. Captain Virat Kohli himself has opted out of a couple of limited-over series in the past 6 months, in order to be fully prepared and fit for the major assignments like the South African tour or the Indian Premier League.To find out more cricket latest news visit news.rooter.io and get your latest cricket news
The 23 new players who will be added to the database will be selected on the basis of their performance in IPL 2018. The database will be keeping a record of their workload along with the player’s injury management in order to get them fully ready to perform at the optimal level when the country goes in for an important international assignment like the England tour in July or the Australian tour at the end of the year.
23 new players to be short-listed by BCCI from IPL 2018
Speaking about the database, a senior BCCI office-bearer said, “Yes, the plan is there on the anvil. We want to create a database of 50 players. Among those 50 players, 27 are our centrally contracted players (with Mohammed Shami re-inducted) and there will be another 23 players, who will be added to the list. These 23 players will be short-listed during the Indian Premier League.”
With the Indian team involved in cricket action almost every other day of the year, it is important for the BCCI to manage the workload of some of the senior players, especially those who take part in all the 3 formats.
“Starting from India’s tour of the UK (which includes a short tour of Ireland), the national team is going to have an enormous amount of workload till the 2019 World Cup in England. Those who are performing will have their workload monitored as well as the various parameters of their fitness levels checked. If they don’t attain the required levels, they are not likely to be considered for India or India ‘A’ teams. Physio Patrick Farhart will monitor them at the National Cricket Academy (NCA),” the BCCI official further added.
Senior contracted Indian bowlers could have their workload monitored during the net sessions too
It is also important for the players to inform the board and the medical department of their current fitness status and any injuries that they might be carrying. With the World Cup scheduled for next year, BCCI plans to pick its final squad from the 50 players on this database. National Selection Committee chief MSK Prasad will be in charge of the selecting the 23 players apart from the centrally contracted ones on the basis of their performance in IPL 2018.
There were also rumours earlier that BCCI had planned to manage the workload of the Indian fast bowlers during IPL 2018. The board had planned to monitor the number of overs the senior contracted Indian bowlers were bowling during the net sessions.
Afghanistan, who have been newly given the test status will be India’s next assignment. The two teams will play the historic test match shortly after the conclusion of IPL in Bengaluru. After that, the Indian team will travel to England for 3 T20I’s, 3 ODI’s and 5 test matches before heading to Australia for yet another crucial foreign assignment. Therefore, it is important for BCCI to manage the workload for their senior players to keep them fresh and fit for those tours to England and Australia and finally the 2019 World Cup.
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