The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned to send the National Cricket Academy (NCA) physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik to the UAE for keeping a close look at the fitness of Indian cricketers. But IPL franchises are against the Indian board’s proposal because of several reasons.
As per Times of India, IPL franchises don’t want any outsider to contact with the players during the tournament because of health concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus. They have suggested that physio can contact the Indian cricketers through video conferencing.
On the other hand, some franchises have given other reasons. NCA was under heavy scrutiny after they were unable to track Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s injury for a long time. Last year, he was in and out of the team because of the mishandling by NCA. Also, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had opted out of NCA’s recovery period. Earlier this year, Ishant Sharma was deemed to be fit by NCA ahead of the New Zealand Test series but he surfaced with an injury during the series.
So, the franchises are being sceptical of NCA’s handling of players which has caused distrust between the two parties.
“Franchises hire the best physios and trainers from around the world. The NCA guys can interact with players and franchises through video conferencing. There is also a trust deficit between the players and NCA,” say those tracking developments.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hernia went undetected. Kedar Jadhav’s return was rushed. Wriddhiman Saha’s rehabilitation was ‘messed up’. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had their share of unpleasant experiences at the NCA. Who wants to take chances? The NCA has time and again proved incapable.”
IPL franchises have renowned physios:
IPL franchises have their own physios which are best known for their jobs. Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and other franchises have hired experienced physical trainers.
“Coordination will be an issue and we don’t want too many cooks spoiling the broth. Let’s have a proper system in place and follow it to the T,” say franchises.
“Franchises take care of their players throughout the year. The best facilities are being made available in UAE. Franchises have some of the best support staff. Take Delhi Capitals, for example. They brought Patrick Farhart on board as soon as he quit Team India. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kamlesh Jain, who did his masters in sports therapy from London Met, has been the head physio at Cricket Association of Bengal. Chennai’s Tommy Simsek is someone who has MS Dhoni’s trust. Former Team India physio John Gloster is with Rajasthan Royals,” say those in the know.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited IPL 2020 season will begin on 19th September. The franchises will book their own hotels for creating a bio-secure bubble for the safety of the players. The grand finale of the league will be played on 10th November. Soon after the league, Team India cricketers will tour Australia to play the bilateral series.