Ravi Shastri says he has had talks with the BCCI and the CoA about managing the players and he himself will take the lead in monitoring the players
Ravi Shastri says he has had talks with the BCCI and the CoA about managing the players and he himself will take the lead in monitoring the players

The IPL 2019 is schedule to start from March 23 and the final expected to be played on in the second week of May, and leaves little room for rest or recuperation for the the 2019 World Cup-bound India players, raising questions over – once again – player management ahead of the quadrennial event. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019 to be held in India, will begin on March 23: BCCI)

With India’s Test commitments overs till the World Cup – slated to start from May 30 – the focus is on limited-overs, but IPL’s proximity to the World Cup will be a concern for India players who will feature in the IPL 2019 heavily. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: Full Squad of all eight teams)

However, coach Ravi Shastri says he has had talks with the BCCI and the CoA about managing the players and he himself will take the lead in monitoring the players.

“We’ve been in touch with the BCCI and CoA in this regard,” Shastri told The Times of India from Sydney. “We have certain plans in place and we’ll be looking to follow them. Usually, the two months of IPL are seen as relatively free months for me and I can just sit down and enjoy the cricket, watch out for new, young talents that keep emerging. But this IPL will be about monitoring the players, keeping the World Cup in mind.

Shastri also retarited that right measures have been taken to keep the players fit and injury free ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

“There’s a lot coming up and you’ll see the right measures being taken. The trainer, physios, assistant coaches, the captain, me — we’re all in touch with the Board to make this work,” he said.

On India’s World cup preparations Shastri said that focus is on fine-tuning the team during the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand and went on to add that the team management is not bothered about winning or losing those games.

“Yes, that’s the only thing on our minds now — the World Cup. Mentally, we’re already switching from red (ball) to white. Players who’ve been playing continuous cricket have been given a break. Bumrah, for instance. He’ll have a good rest. At the same time, we’ll use these matches (ODIs coming up in Oz and NZ) to fine-tune things. We’re not bothered about winning or losing these games,” he added.