The new season of Indian Premier League is all set to begin from 23rd March with a powerful clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, the excitement or josh is high among the fans.
However, as the World Cup is also just around the corner, and is slated to begin after the IPL, it is very important for the players to take responsibility for their health and be vigilant about all their workload concerns.
World Cup is a huge concern for many cricket boards around the world, and for the same reason, the cricket boards were very cautious in releasing the players for Indian Premier League.
Recently, during an interview, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri talked about the same issue, of managing the World Cup-bound players during the Indian Premier League. Talking about the same, he said :
“That will always be a concern because the last thing you want is an injury. The World Cup is immediately after the IPL and if someone gets injured, it will be a concern. I will be lying if I say I am not on the edge of my seat. I will be watching every game closely”
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper also talked about the issue and asked his players to be smart during the league. He highlighted the fact that the “responsibility and onus is on the player”. He said :
“All the workload will be monitored and given a window, the guys can afford to rest. The World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year,”
He added :
“Not to say we won’t be committed to the IPL but we’ve got to be smart. We have to work in balance and take smart decisions,”
“The responsibility and the onus is on the player. No one will be forced to do something. Eventually, no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” the skipper said.
Well, we really wish everything goes well with the league and no player had to go through this.