MUMBAI: Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly‘s concern over the National Cricket Academy‘s (NCA) refusal to conduct the fitness test for pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah – and his willingness to discuss the state of affairs with Rahul Dravid – is being viewed by the cricketing fraternity as a positive sign.
Ganguly took over as BCCI president soon after Dravid – his long-time teammate – took over as the director at the NCA. Both former cricketers are equally new to the BCCI ecosystem.
“If two former cricketers with around 275 Tests between them come together and say they’ll look into what’s wrong at the NCA, what can be better,” say those who have watched developments at the NCA closely.
On Friday, TOI reported that NCA was unwilling to conduct Bumrah’s fitness test on the grounds that he was training with his own set of specialists and therefore he should undergo a fitness test with the same set of people.
Many in the fraternity see this development as a battle of egos between the BCCI’s premier academy and India’s top cricketers. The controversy surrounding Bumrah’s fitness test happened soon after the NCA was in focus last week for not being able to diagnose medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s sports hernia. The Bhuvi incident came to the fore only a few months after India opener Prithvi Shaw failed a dope test.
These are instances related only to Team India cricketers. Said a source, “Hundreds of kids train at the NCA. The question Rahul and Sourav have to ask is ‘does the NCA have an ecosystem of its own to track player records, maintain databases, keep a tab of potential future injuries to players and follow an age-based policy for treatment, recovery and conditioning?”
On his part, Dravid has been making the right noises. He’s appointed ex-Karnataka player Sujit Somasundar as the head of education at NCA – a first of its kind appointment, with another level 3 coach Atul Gaikwad as consultant.
“Five assistant coaches have been appointed. He’s started on a right note. But he has to sit down and listen to what players have to say too,” sources add.
ISSUES AHEAD OF GANGULY AND DRAVID
o Washington Sundar’s ankle injury, the diagnosis and the subsequent workload handed to the player.
o Wriddhiman Saha’s incorrect diagnosis of the shoulder injury post the tour of SA in 2018.
o Multiple injuries of all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
o Hardik Pandya‘s hamstring injury (and the diagnosis of back stress).
o Krunal Pandya‘s refusal to go to NCA.
o Kedar Jadhav being prematurely declared fit after a hamstring injury.
o Ravindra Jadeja‘s shoulder injury that was eventually treated by ex-trainer Patrick Farhat.
o Shami’s knee injury, after which the bowler took it upon himself to train and lose weight.
Source : timesofindia