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Will speak to Rahul Dravid: Sourav Ganguly on Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness test

Will speak to Rahul Dravid: Sourav Ganguly on Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness test

KOLKATA: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will find out what exactly is the matter after National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore refused to conduct pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah‘s fitness test.

“I will find out what exactly is the reason. NCA has to be first and final point of every international cricketer,” Ganguly said on Friday.

NCA refuses to conduct Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness test

Rahul Dravid is learnt to have met Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday and told him that NCA would not be conducting the test. Dravid’s views were based on the simple logic that “if NCA hasn’t treated Bumrah, how can it give him a certificate that he’s fit to play? What if tomorrow something happens? How can the NCA agree to certify something about which it doesn’t have a clue?”

“It’s just been a couple of months since I have taken over. I will speak to Rahul (Dravid). I met him a few times. We will understand the problem and solve it.

“From outside, and who has not seen this very closely, Bumrah has been injured for a while. I was not part of system while he was sent. What happened? But if you ask me, NCA is a place for Indian cricketers. Everything has to go through the NCA so we will find out,” the former India captain added.

Bumrah, who is making his road back to recovery after a stress fracture to his back, bowled in the Indian nets during the second match against West Indies earlier this week.

However, according to media reports the premier India quick will not be able to undergo the mandatory fitness test at the NCA for a number of reasons.

Sources had told IANS that Bumrah had conveyed to the team management that he was “not keen” on going to the NCA for rehab post the stress fracture.

The Rahul Dravid-led NCA is also unsure of conducting the fitness test because Bumrah was consulting his own specialists in the United Kingdom on way to recovery and was not at NCA in Bangalore.

“NCA has to be the first and final point for International cricketers. it’s a place for Indian cricketers. Everyone has to go through NCA,” asserted Ganguly.

“They play cricket all over the places year long. We will also try and see whether NCA physios can come and help Jasprit in Mumbai. We will keep the monitoring under NCA. We want to make sure there’s best people with NCA,” he added.
Ganguly recently visited NCA and held discussions with Dravid, who was appointed the head of cricket there in July this year.
“There’s huge hope from Rahul. He’s been a tremendous player. You will get perfection and commitment. We will sort it out,” Ganguly said.
“We have given Dravid the charge at the NCA to get it more organised. Ultimately we will extend his role. I’ve spoken to him and the office-bearers. You will get to know the details in a week’s time,” Ganguly added.
Source : timesofindia