The all-important final of the World Test Championship (WTC) will be played a week after the Indian Premier League (IPL). With many important and utility players in the Indian team concerned with injuries, former India coach and head coach Ravi Shastri has a piece of advice for BCCI.
Shastri has urged the BCCI to talk to the IPL franchises to allow the Indian team players a much-needed break to keep them ready for big tournaments like the WTC final and the World Cup.
“Even during the IPL, BCCI has to tell the franchises that for the sake of India, they should rest some players and manage their workload properly. If they don’t play these matches, it will be good for the ‘India in some important tournaments,” Shastri said during an interview on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) in Doha.
Some important players like Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pan and Shreyas Iyer are currently undergoing rehabilitation due to injuries. With India all set to lock horns with formidable Australia in the WTC final just a week after the IPL, the BCCI’s challenge is to send an in-form Indian team to England. Moreover, the ODI World Cup is also seven months away.
“The amount of cricket has certainly increased in recent times. The rest period of the players is reduced. The establishment and the players need to be told that a much needed rest is needed for the players to have their best and quality performances” , said Shastri.
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