The Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to manage the workload of Indian players in tandem with the National Cricket Academy during the 2023 Indian Premier League. The decision was taken at a review meeting for the senior men’s team on Sunday in the lead up to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The issues of player availability, workload management and fitness parameters were discussed in Mumbai and certain recommendations were communicated through a media statement.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the NCA’s medical team will determine the roadmap for workload and injury management, with each player from the central pool getting a personalised schedule.
The meeting was attended by BCCI President Roger Binny, Honorary Secretary Jay Shah, Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid, NCA’s Head of Cricket VVS Laxman and Chairman of Selection Committee Chetan Sharma.
The BCCI has also decided that Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will now be part of selection criteria and implemented in the customised roadmaps of the central pool of players. Yo-Yo Test was previously part of selection for the Indian team and is now once again being used. The Dexa scan, which is an international standard, will help determine the body fat and bone health of the players.
Another key decision was that emerging players will have to play a substantial domestic season to be eligible for selection to the national team. Although a set criteria for that was not mentioned.
Additionally, the Indian team’s performance across formats in 2022 was also discussed in the meeting. It was a forgettable year for the team as they exited in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup, missed out on reaching the final of the Asia Cup, lost the ODI series in Bangladesh, lost the fifth Test in England, and also lost the Test series in South Africa.