Ravi Shastri – Indian cricket team coach has said that the IPL franchises will be asked to manage the workload to make sure the players remain fit and fresh for the upcoming World Cup. India is coming back home after a hectic schedule with playing back to back series in Australia and New Zealand. Now with upcoming series against Australia followed by IPL, the Indian think tank will want going into the World Cup with every player fit.
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to start in the month of March. The fixtures are not announced yet and the announcement of IPL schedule was delayed by BCCI because of conflict with elections in the country. IPL is one of the leading T20 tournaments across the world. Many stars from all around the world feature in this cash-rich event, and with that big an event also comes the risk of injuries and fitness.
Cricket World Cup 2019 is set to start from 30th May, literally just days after IPL’s 12th edition conclusion. And Shastri has revealed that the management will keep an eye on players and will want the franchises to not put too much burden on the players.
Talking to Cricbuzz he said:
“They have been in excellent rhythm so far. During the IPL, we will try and speak to the franchises and their captains. We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup. We will seek proper rest for them, so they are in absolute readiness for the World Cup.”
But the Indian cricket team coach has also accepted that they cannot interfere too much in the matters of franchises.
“We will be talking to all our players and franchises about their workloads. Even though we cannot interfere too much, we definitely will be talking to players to maintain their optimal performance state.”
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