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Last Update on: March 24th, 2023 at 08:25 pm

It was reported this week that BCCI will be keeping tabs on the workload management of India National Cricket Team regulars throughout IPL 2023. Delhi Capitals CEO Dheeraj Malhotra has now revealed the National Cricket Academy (NCA) has shared a detailed workload monitoring report with all franchises, which mentions all the Indian players contracted by the Indian cricket board.

This comes in light of reports of how BCCI is looking to negate preventable injuries to players who they intend on using for the World Test Championship and the ODI World Cup later in the year. The monitoring report will surely help the doctors and physicians of the franchises to work in tandem with the board regarding player health and fitness.

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Dheeraj, who has worked as a general manager for BCCI, revealed that NCA named the players whose workload would be under check under the report.

“We have Axar, Kuldeep and Prithvi. They have given us what they have been doing and what their workload has been. But we still have not been given a directive on what they want from us and what the workload should be for players.”

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It is also reported that there would be no directive for any Indian player unless they are carrying an injury.

Rohit Sharma claims that it is upon the franchises how they want to use their players during IPL, but players could ask for a break if needed

Following India’s loss against Australia in the 3rd ODI of their recent series, captain Rohit Sharma answered questions about the concerns that IPL packs up the schedule of players who will be representing India in the WTC final and the World Cup. Sharma pointed out that the players can decide if they want a break from a few matches if they require it.

“They (players) are all adults. So they have to look after their body and just if they feel that it’s getting a little too much, they can always talk about it and have a break in one or two games. I doubt (if) that will happen.” he said

The Hitman went on to say that although the players have some autonomy on whether they need a break or not, it decision in such matters is made by the franchises, who own the contracts,

“It’s all up to the franchises now. The franchises own them (the players) now, so we’ve given some indications or some kind of borderline kind of thing to the teams.”

Now with the workload management reports sent out to franchises, it looks likely that BCCI will intervene and have the final say in giving players a rest, if they are suffering an injury. This takes away some control from the IPL franchises for the sake of the national teams.

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