The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released a player fitness guideline, stating that if a team believes a player has joined the squad without being physically fit, the IPL 2022 would appoint an impartial doctor to arbitrate on the subject, and his or her conclusions will be obligatory.
“In the event that, prior to the start of any Season (or if a Player joins a Franchisee after the start of the season, at the time such Player joins such Franchisee), there is a dispute between a Franchisee and any of the Franchisee’s Players in connection with the ability of such Player to satisfy the conditions relating to match fitness in the Player Contract then, as per the Player Contract, BCCI shall nominate an independent and suitably qualified doctor to decide whether such Player’s match fitness satisfies said conditions and whose decision shall be final in this regard.
“If a Franchisee does not request an assessment of any of its Players’ fitness at the start of the Season (or if a Player joins a Franchisee after the start of the season, at the time such Player joins such Franchisee) then each such Player shall be deemed to be match fit in the absence of unequivocal evidence to the contrary which rendered such assessment unnecessary and any dispute between a Player and BCCI as regards such unequivocal evidence shall be decided by an independent and suitably qualified doctor nominated by BCCI,” a BCCI note on player regulation says.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has informed the clubs that the England and West Indies players, who will compete in a three-Test series beginning March 12 and ending March 28, would be essentially ruled out of a few early games, since the IPL is set to begin on March 27. In addition, players from other countries will be required to undergo quarantine.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has listed 13 players who are either facing scrutiny or have been banned from bowling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The names include, Manish Pandey, KL Shrijit (Karnataka) and Ishank Jaggi (Jharkhand), who stand banned from bowling, Darshan Nalkande (Vidarbha), Vicky Ostwal (Maharashtra), Apoorv Wankhade (Vidarbha), Dharmendra Singh Jadeja (Saurashtra), Sudip Chatterjee (Bengal), R Samarth (Karnataka), Arpit Guleria (Himachal Pradesh), Jay Bista (Uttarakhand) and Azim Kazi (Maharashtra) are in the watchlist for suspect bowling.