BCCI shortlists 20 players ahead of the ODI World Cup at home; Will monitor player fitness during IPL

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BCCI shortlists 20 players for the World Cup (Getty Images)

The BCCI has chosen a group of 20 players for the ODI World Cup, which is set to take place in India later this year. These players will play in various formats and have their workload tracked over the next several months. During a review meeting on Sunday, the BCCI’s president, secretary, head coach, NCA chief, and outgoing selection committee chairman discussed the plans for the Indian men’s cricket team in detail.

In order to prepare for the ODI World Cup and the Men’s Future Tours Programme, the NCA will work closely with Indian Premier League franchises to monitor targeted Indian players participating in the tournament this year.

The BCCI faced criticism last year when Jasprit Bumrah and Deepak Chahar were unable to compete in the T20 World Cup due to injuries. President Binny, who took charge in October, expressed concern about the frequent injuries sustained by players and stated that he would address the issue with NCA staff. During the review meeting, it was decided that the Indian team would reintroduce the Yo-Yo test as a selection criterion and that the NCA would closely monitor the physical condition of every player in the 20-member pool during the Indian Premier League.

While 20 players have already been selected, it is possible for other players to be considered for the national team if they consistently perform well in domestic tournaments. However, before a player can be officially added to the team, they must receive the NCA’s approval for their fitness. Only after this approval will they be considered for selection.

“The Board reviewed the performances in 2022 and also discussed the road ahead. There were no specific discussions on change in personnel,” a BCCI official told Sportstar.

“It was a very constructive meeting where we reviewed the past performance and planned for the future events,” the source, who attended the meeting, said. Over the next few months, the priority will be the WTC fixtures and the team management will ensure that the workload of the players is managed well.