IPL 2023 is going to start by the first week of April. The ODI World Cup 2023 is a major event coming up and the BCCI has set some conditions for the IPL franchises and the players. It has appointed the NCA to work with the different teams of IPL and note down the fitness of the players. The board has taken some strict measures to ensure that the injuries and work pressure of the cricketers and dealt with in a better manner.
Players like Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya have only “conditional NOC” to play in this league. The past two years have seen a lot of star players getting ruled out due to injury issues. With the ODI World Cup coming up, the BCCI is taking extra measures to make sure that the potential players are fit to feature in this ICC tournament.
In India’s recent ODI series with Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma suffered a rule injury and was ruled out of the Test series. Deepak Char, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya have had fitness issues in the recent past.
“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 entire IPL. They are important for 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 utlising them carefully to manage workload,” a franchise official said
The BCCI shortlisted 20 players for this ODI World Cup. The injuries of Bumrah, Jadeja, and Deepak Chahar were discussed. The NCA medical team gave a detailed presentation on the workload management fo the cricketers. The fitness of these players will be checked and the players and the franchises will have to provide the NCA certificate on their condition. The former cricketer will be in touch with the franchises to keep an eye on the player’s workload management.
There’s a high chance that the franchises will be protesting against this thing as all the games are important to qualify for the players. The players mentioned above are some of the most expensive buys. For example, Hardik Pandya who leads Gujarat Titans was paid Rs 15 crore and Jadeja was paid Rs. 16 crore from the CSK. The league also returned to its home and away format.
“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 statuses 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,” a franchise official said
The year 2023 is packed for the Indian team with the Border Gavaskar Trophy, the Asia Cup, and the 50-over World Cup.