Skipper and Team India captain Virak Kohli has put forward an unprecedented suggestion before the BCCI, stating that fast bowlers to be rested for the IPL, so that they can be “fresh and fit” for the World Cup, that follows immediately. However, this suggestion is likely to become a bone of contention between the BCCI and the IPL franchises that signed up these players for significant amounts.
Kohli is understood made this suggestion with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA). He suggested that key pacers like Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and others in the fray for next year’s World Cup should not be part of the Twenty20 tournament. The BCCI is yet to respond on his suggestion.
The World Cup will be held in England from May 30 to July 14, while the IPL is likely to begin in the first week of April and run till the third week of May. The suggestion from Team India was that BCCI should compensate the players who would miss the IPL for the world tournament. Others in the set-up have mooted the idea that these pacers can either play the first or second half of the IPL so that they get enough rest.