BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has made a special recommendation to every state board to address the growing injury issues of cricketers. In a bid to counter this, Shah has asked state associations to appoint strength and conditioning coaches and also form sports medical teams.
The formation of sports science and sports medical teams is one of the major changes that is set to be brought about within the Indian cricket fraternity under this new management. The decision was arrived at during the Board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) held on Saturday.
Under this new guideline, each state association will be responsible for appointing a strength and conditioning coach and forming a sports science and sports medicine team. To ensure the selection of qualified individuals, the candidates will undergo interviews conducted by a panel from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Jay Shah has emphasized the importance of this initiative citing injuries to players, especially the fast bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah has been struggling with injury concerns for nearly a year now and recently Jaydev Unadkat also picked up a shoulder injury for which he was ruled out of the WTC final. Among the batters, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and KL Rahul are recovering from their respective injuries.
Every State Association Will Appoint Strength And Conditioning Coach: Jay Shah
“To address injury concerns of players, we have created a structure where every state association will appoint a strength and conditioning coach and a sport science and sports medicine team. The candidates will be interviewed by the NCA panel,” Jay Shah said after the SGM.
The BCCI Secretary also shared an important update regarding the Indian women’s team. He said that the team’s head coach will be appointed before their upcoming limited-overs tour of Bangladesh in July. The tour will consist of three ODIs and three T20Is.
“The shortlist for the women’s team head coach has already been done. The CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) will meet and decide accordingly. We may have a new women’s team head coach before the Bangladesh series,” Shah said.
Will Have A Discussion With the Broadcaster And Decide Window For WPL: Jay Shah
Another major upcoming event is the second edition of the Women’s IPL after its first edition turned out to be a blockbuster. The correct window of the tournament will be announced after a discussion with the broadcasters.
“We will have a discussion with the broadcaster and decide a window. We will be looking at a window for organising the next edition of the Women’s Premier League before March 2024,” Shah concluded saying in the SGM meeting.
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