India’s leading test stars will be busy with theirs IPL commitments, but BCCI is ready to help them by providing balls to the Dukes in case they want to sneak in a few sessions with red ball nets during the T20 tournament.
This is likely to be done, given that India’s next big task immediately after the IPL is the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton on 18-22 June, followed by the five test series against England.
However, this is purely an option that all BCCI players tested can take advantage of, given the exhausting IPL schedule.
“In case any of the test players feel that they are able to take time for some red ball sessions, BCCI will provide them with a set of red dukes and they will be able to train. For any help, the national team coaches are always on hand. a phone call away, “a senior BCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The logic behind such an option is the lack of time between them IPL final and the World Test Championship, which is about 20 days.
“You won’t get a full 20 days of training. If the IPL ends on May 29 and the team travels on May 30 or 31, there will be nearly a week of strict quarantine in the UK at the moment. You’ll be left with 10 days of nets and no matches. So that it is fair that if some of them can download a few sessions without complicating the schedule of franchises, it would be great, “said the official.
New Zealand will enter the WTC final well prepared with two test matches against England in early June, but India plunged straight into the decisive T20 draw.
It is believed that some of the specialists in red balls like it Cheteshwar Pujara or Adjinkya Rahanewho aren’t exactly sure regular first XI shots for their respective franchises can use the time set aside from the games to prepare for the big battle ahead.
“Similarly a Mohamed Shami, which is a very vital gear in the scheme of things, can occasionally be treated to red dukes to feel, “he said.
BCCI’s team of trainers and physicists will also maintain the lead management section of the leading players, touching the base with their franchise partners, as every year.
In fact, Bhuvneshwar kumar, who hasn’t played much red ball cricket lately since the English series ended, had said he would prepare for tests in England while playing IPL.
“Of course, red ball cricket is on my radar. I will prepare with the red ball in mind. However, which team will be selected for the test matches is a completely different scenario,” Bhuvneshwar said in the conclusion of the ODI series.
“My workload management and training during the IPL will keep the red ball in mind, because I know that there are a lot of Tests ahead and my priority is Test Cricket. So I will do my best to prepare for the Tests series. he said.