New Delhi, India (BBN)-It won’t just be the players who carry a niggle that will undergo a fitness test before India travels to Bangladesh in June.
This time, everyone in the Indian cricket team will have to prove their fitness to the BCCI, reports the First Post.
“We’ve seen so many players break down mid-tour in the recent past. We want to ensure this doesn’t happen,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in an Indian Express report.
Bhuvi started the series well but was weighed down by the workload.
The fitness test will take place on 6 June, a day after the squad assembles in Kolkata.
The first Test starts on 10 June and will be followed by three ODIs (18, 21 and 24 June).
The BCCI’s intentions are to avoid a situation like in Australia, when Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to come back home to recover from shoulder and ankle injuries respectively.
The tour also saw Ishant Sharma pick up a knee injury during the Boxing Day Test that led him to miss the World Cup.
The Indian team has had an intense year of cricket and barely had two weeks to recover after the World Cup before the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) eighth season started.
The gap between the end of the IPL and the Bangladesh tour is also only 16 days.
There were also reports that some senior players had asked to sit out the tour, which Thakur later rubbished.
The paper also quotes IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla saying that players who feel ‘fatigued’ should be honest about it to Thakur.
He also mentioned that India has a large talent pool to choose from when it comes to replacements.
Meanwhile, the new support staff for the team will be announced on 6 June.