Already plagued with several injuries, chief selector MSK Prasad has hinted the Indian players will not play the quarterfinal round of the Ranji Trophy beginning on December 24.
The One-Day International series against England starts on January 15 and with still around a month left before the series starts, Prasad said the team management has ample time to decide on a player’s participation in the premier domestic tournament.
Speaking to the Times of India, Prasad said:“I’m not sure, we haven’t still decided about it. The players have been playing for quite some time now. So I think it will be unfair on our part to expect them to play in the quarterfinal. But we will think about it.”
The team is already missing Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Jayant Yadav due to injuries and their misery was compounded during the ongoing fifth Test when opener Murali Vijay could not come out to bat because of a shoulder injury. Rahul, who has missed quite a good number of Tests this season due to a hamstring injury, was seen hopping while batting on the third day of the Chennai Test.
However, Prasad is not too much concerned with the injury crisis and said:“They have been playing for quite some time. It’s part of the game. There is nothing much to worry about it.”
Meanwhile, former Indian team trainer Ramji Srinivasan has attributed different reasons behind the worrying injury crisis.
He said:“It could well be due to too much of cricket. Another thing is when mind and body sync well, a lot of things are taken care of. Some more recovery protocols may be added. Nutrition and different weather conditions too can cause injuries. The people in the Indian team are professionals and they know what they are doing.”