The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has instructed all the national players who are not part of the current Test team in Mohali to report to the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Before the Indian Premier League (IPL) begins on March 26, the players will go through a 10-day fitness programme at the BCCI’s Bangalore facility.
According to Cricbuzz, the BCCI made the decision on the suggestion of the national selection committee, which wants the players’ fitness problems addressed before the gruelling IPL season begins. The deadline for them to report was Friday, March 4, and the camp was set to begin on Saturday (March 5).
KL Rahul, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, and other national-level players have been instructed to report to the NCA. After the third and final round league games, which culminate on Sunday, those who are competing in the Ranji Trophy will have to go to Bangalore (March 6).
Surya Kumar Yadav, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Deepak Chahar have already arrived at the NCA after suffering injuries in previous white-ball matches. Their recovery has already begun, and the NCA officials, led by VVS Laxman, are keeping track of their fitness.
“There are about 25 of them. The NCA will assess their fitness levels ahead of the IPL. The purpose is to have a camp before they disperse for their respective IPL duties,” a BCCI official privy to the knowledge of the development, said.
Meanwhile, the Indian cicket team is involved in playing the first Test of their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Mohali. India declared on the second day on 574 runs after losing eight wickets. In a milestone of the all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja became the highest run-scorer at the No. 7 batting position at an unbeaten 175 runs.