The National Cricket Academy will monitor the workload and fitness of the 20 Indian players who have been selected for the 10-team extended IPL this year (NCA). Additionally, “significant domestic performance” will be required, thus young players can no longer rely solely on their IPL performances to make the national team.
These were some of the important decisions made at the high-level BCCI review meeting, which was conducted on Sunday in Mumbai in response to India’s recent underwhelming performance in Bangladesh and its semi-final loss in the World T20 last year.
Indian cricket’s decision-makers have also created a schedule for the domestic 50-over World Cup in October and November.
Board President Roger Binny, Secretary Jay Shah, Head Coach Rahul Dravid, NCA Chief V V S Laxman, and Chairman of the Selection Committee Chetan Sharma attended the review meeting. While travelling, Binny and Rohit participated online in the meeting.
Following the meeting, Shah announced that “the BCCI has nominated 20 players who will be rotated until the 50 over ICC World Cup.” He added that those who are not in the group of 20 will still be in the running because they have the chance to launch the World Cup with outstanding home performances.
According to Shah, the NCA in Bengaluru would have the last say over a player’s fitness for the Indian team. The choice is critical because recently, players who were under contract were shown to be unfit after joining the Indian team.
The BCCI stated in a press release that the NCA will collaborate with the IPL franchisees to track the targeted Indian players competing in the IPL 2023 while keeping in mind the Men’s FTP (Future Tours Programme) and ICC CWC 2023 preparations.
The Indian board has been under fire for the previous two years as important IPL and India players like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have either missed ICC events due to injury or have only been partially fit.
The best India squad not competing in major events has been attributed to the inability to manage the workload of all-format players. Foreign boards like those in Australia and England limit the amount of time their premier IPL players can play and train, in contrast to the BCCI.
The BCCI further stated that the discussion covered in-depth topics related to player availability, workload management, and fitness standards.
The Board has made the decision to let the selection committee know that domestic performances should take precedence. “One-IPL-season miracles have before been quickly promoted to the India team. The domestic season’s grind will now be given greater weight, according to a BCCI insider.
The BCCI has made the Yo-Yo and Dexa fitness tests a requirement for selection, which is another significant decision. The Yo-Yo test has also been employed in the past to gauge players’ stamina. Dexa, a new test, will measure bone mass, muscle mass, and fat tissues in addition to measuring body fat.
The Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will now be incorporated into the unique roadmaps for the central pool of players, according to the BCCI.