Players know best how to manage their bodies: Dravid
Rahul Dravid, the India A coach. (AFP Image)

Former captain and India A team coach Rahul Dravid Wednesday said there cannot be a one-size-fits-all policy on workload management and players are smart enough to know where to draw the line. (READ: Kohli dismisses speculations of limited IPL matches for India’s World Cup-bound players)

Wading into the ongoing debate on how the players should manage their workload in the IPL, starting March 23, followed by the World Cup in England in May, Dravid said in most cases cricketers know how to handle themselves.

“Most players are smart about these things. They know how to handle their body. I don’t think the players would put their body on the line. I was reading Patrick Cummins (Australia pacer) saying that he feels better bowling when he is constantly playing rather than resting and coming back,” Dravid said.

“So to each player, it’s different. There cannot be a blanket case that all should be rested. We have to just trust the players. They know what needs to be done,” he added.

Dravid was speaking at the launch of ESPNCricinfo‘s new metrics, Superstats, along with former India teammate Sanjay Manjrekar here. Manjrekar was even more forthright in his views on the matter and said the Cricket Board should not put pressure on IPL franchises to rest players in view of the World Cup, starting May 30.

“My views won’t be appreciated. This is free enterprise. IPL is capitalism at its best. I don’t think there should be any outside interference. It should be up to the franchises,” he said.

“Don’t think there should be pressure (on IPL franchises) from the Cricket Board (BCCI) (to rest some players).”