After Virat Kohli had expressed his stress factor on Team India and himself playing continuous cricket in the recent past, BCCI has been now forced to address this issue with importance. Kohli himself recently quoted that he has been playing non-stop cricket since the last 48 months after which BCCI decide to give him a much-needed rest in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma will now lead the side in his absence in the series. For Rohit, his experience of leading Mumbai Indians to three IPL titles as captain will help him with his on-field decisions.
According to an ESPNCricinfo report, the board will push for its players-friendly schedule during a two-day ICC members’ workshop in Singapore beginning Thursday.
The new FTP will consist of the Test and the ODI leagues beginning in 2019 and 2020 respectively. The Test league makes it mandatory for every country to play six teams home or away in a two-year period that commences right after the 2019 World Cup.
As per the new schedule, India are slated to play 84 days of international cricket in 2019-20, 68 in 2020-21, 77 in 2021-22 and 47 in 2022-23.
Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, said captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri has agreed to the new schedule. “We have made a presentation to the players where the number of days per year is mentioned clearly in the new FTP. Kohli and the rest had accepted the plans,” Rao was quoted as saying by the ESPNCricinfo.
The heavy workload of Indian cricketers can be gauged from the fact that the team has played a total of 60 international matches since the beginning of the home season in September 2016. Add to it the month-long Indian Premier League (IPL) and it has been a nearly non-stop show for most of the Indian cricketers. The much-needed relief, it seems, is finally coming their way soon.