Team India physio Nitin Patel is poised to join the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as Rahul Dravid and his team work hard to stop the current spate of player injuries. Patel’s transfer to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCIBangalore )’s facility might result in a promotion, with Patel taking on the newly formed position of Head Sports Science and Medicine at the NCA.
The suggested change is supported by the BCCI’s recent invitation for applications for the Indian team’s physiotherapist job. For the Bangalore Test against Sri Lanka, it has also requested applications for a senior women’s team, a senior physiotherapist at the NCA, and four additional junior and assistant physiotherapists.
Patel’s transfer to the NCA was reportedly suggested by head coach Dravid, who is said to be concerned about the recent spate of Indian player injuries. Many players have had to go to the NCA for rehab, from Deepak Chahar to Suryakumar Yadav to Varun Chakravarthy, and the team’s think tank is thought to have concluded that Patel’s experience and knowledge would be the best choice given that there are two World Cups coming up in the next 18 months. Patel’s move might come after the Sri Lanka series, which is currently underway.
Patel and Yogesh Parmar are the Indian team’s physiotherapists at the moment. While Parmar is anticipated to stay with the squad, the BCCI is looking for a replacement for Patel because it is becoming clear that the team requires at least two physiotherapists to travel with the players at all times.
In addition, the BCCI has opened applications for Team India’s trainer job (Strength & Conditioning Coaches), which was recently vacated by Nick Webb. There are six additional positions open in this category, for both the women’s team and the NCA. All of the selected physiotherapists and trainers will report to Patel.
Preparation to work at unsocial hours has been specified by the BCCI as a requirement for people interested in the aforementioned roles.
“Full-time with some unsocial hours including, evenings, weekends &, public holidays (sic),” the notification said.